ODM leader Raila Odinga landed in Gatanga constituency, Murang’a County, this morning, 27th July, to attend a concert organised by Mt Kenya musicians.
The helicopter carrying the former Prime Minister, his wife Mama Odinga, and daughter Winnie, touched down at the vast residence of media mogul SK Macharia in the Ndakaini area.
The breathtaking view of Macharia’s abundant tea plantation caught the eyes of many as Raila arrived.
The ODM boss was the chief guest in the event dubbed, Skiza Thanking Ceremony.
A section of Mt Kenya musicians organised the show to thank the Orange party for ensuring artistes are exempted from 25 per cent excise duty that the Treasury had proposed in this year’s Finance Bill.
Various speakers at the ceremony thanked Homa Bay Woman Representative Gladys Wanga, who is the chair of the National Assembly Finance Committee, for being in the front line to oppose the tax.
Controversial gospel singer Ben Githae urged the former Prime Minister to use his current cordial relationship with the government to push for artistes’ welfare.
For his part, Murang’a Governor Mwangi Wa Iria credited Raila and ODM with the gesture and urged county governments to come up with favourable laws to cushion the entertainment industry.
Leaders at the ceremony include governors Wa Iria, James Nyoro (Kiambu), Alfred Mutua (Machakos), James Ongwae (Kisii), Wycliffe Oparanya (Kakamega), Murang’a Woman Representative Sabina Wanjiru Chege, Gatanga MP Ngugi Nduati, and his Kieni counterpart, Kanini Kega.
More Than Meets The Eye
Although the meeting was said to be a thanksgiving event, political observers saw it as Raila’s first step towards endearing himself to the mountain as the 2022 presidential contest beckons.
In the last three general elections, the region has overwhelmingly voted against Raila.