Raila visits Siaya, avoids SGR issue like leprosy after returning from China empty-handed

Raila Odinga during a past event. [Credit/Nation]
Opposition Chief Raila Odinga on Saturday avoided the topic on the stalled extension of the Standard Gauge Railway to Kisumu like leprosy after he and President Uhuru Kenyatta last week returned empty handed from China.

Odinga who visited Nyanza region for the first time since the China trip, opted to talk about national unity.

Before departure, Raila had said that they would discuss funding for the extension of the SGR to Kisumu.

“I will be part of the delegation that will accompany the President to the Asian country next week. The new SGR line will extend from Naivasha to Narok, Bomet, Sondu and finally Kisumu. It will help revive the Kisumu inland port whose fortunes have dwindled due to the collapse of the dilapidated railway,” Raila was quoted as saying at Sondu, Kisumu County before the fruitless trip.

A week later, Raila would, however, conspicuously avoid the topic like nothing had happened.

“We need to unite our people in diversity and shun ethnic divisions. We have a responsibility to make our nation’s diversity real without prejudice,” Raila said in Gem, Siaya County, during a church service to mark the 60th death anniversary of his father-in-law Nehemiah Oyoo.

Local leaders and residents, the Standard reports, were left disappointed after Raila failed to address the SGR issue, “since he is the one who made the promise just before the trip to China”.

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