A former campaign manager for Raila Odinga’s Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) Eliud Owalo, has joined Deputy President Dr. William Samoei Ruto’s camp.
Owalo who ditched the Orange Party to join Musalia Mudavadi’s Amani National Congress (ANC) in 2019, has now declared his support for Deputy President William Ruto’s 2022 State House ambitions.
Owalo, in his statement sent to newsrooms, said the country needs a decisive, responsive, all-inclusive, and participatory leadership anchored on people-centric values and social justice.
“My humble submission, therefore, is that we need a decisive; progressive; responsive; all-inclusive; and participatory leadership anchored on people-centric values; social justice; recognition of human rights guided by the rule of law; and responsiveness to the challenges facing the common mwananchi,” he stated in an emailed statement.
The management consultant who runs Odinga’s presidential campaigns in 2013 and 2017 said he was keen to support a government that recognizes human rights, guided by the rule of law, and one that responds to the challenge facing common Kenyans.
“Regrettably, a section of the political class appears uninterested in addressing the real challenges afflicting the common citizen; but instead opting for the pre-occupation with amassing wealth and pre-mature agitation of change of the constitution to ensure political preservation and personal aggrandizement,” he said.
“There appears to be a worrying scheme by a few select and privileged families to unilaterally decide the leadership of this country in total disregard to the will of Kenyans,” he added.
While leaving the Raila- led party in August 2019, Owalo cited divergence of political ideology as well as personal reasons.