ODM leader Raila Odinga and his Azimio la Umoja brigade took their campaigns to Kisumu on Friday ahead of Azimio’s NDC on Saturday.
The troops were received warmly and a huge crowd showed up to show their support for Baba as the D-day for the general elections nears with each passing day.
The ODM leader was however forced to address the issue of madoadoa remarks that he made while on campaigns in Wajir on Wednesday March 9 because the National Cohesion and Integration Commission is on his neck.
NCIC on Friday summoned the former prime minister through a statement saying that the term was considered hate speech.
Speaking to his Tribesmen, Raila said that he used the term to stress the point that Wajir was fully in Azimio and there was no presence of other parties.
“We were in Wajir and all the candidates present were in Azimio, they said Wajir is an Azimio zone and I congratulated them saying Wajir is in Azimio and there are no spots(madoadoa).
“I did not mean that we don’t want any other tribe there so if there is anyone who misunderstood me and thinks I was wrong I am really sorry,” Raila apologized.
According to Raila the ‘madoadoa he used in Wajir is very different from the one Meru Senator Mithika Linturi used in Eldoret.
“We can not discriminate a Kenyan on tribal grounds. The Madoadoa I used in Wajir is very different from that of Eldoret because they were saying the Indian should go back home in Punjab and I meant there is no other party in Wajir. Here in Kisumu there areno spots, Kisumu is an Azimio zone,” Raila explained.
Raila Odinga apologises and clarifies his ‘madoadoa’ statement made in Wajir on Wednesday, says no Kenyan should be discriminated based on ethnicity. pic.twitter.com/4SyAwRdlSO
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Raila also used the Madoadoa term while in Meru on Thursday to assure Kenyans that the county was fully locked in Azimio.