Ruth Odinga, Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s younger sister wants to be Kisumu County Governor, come 2012 elections
Posted by African Press International on January 9, 2012
By Chief Editor Korir, API
Ruth Odinga, the sister to Kenya’s Prime Minister Raila Odinga, who is currently the C.E.O. of the family firm – Spectra International, has decided to join the race for Governorship. She will meet many heavyweights in the fight to become Kisumu County Governor. Two of the heavyweights are former Minister and former Provincial Commissioner, people well-known in the field.
It is reported that during her campaign, however, she has opted for a door to door approach and this method appeals to many voters because they feel valued when approached at home. Her large following is said to be women and the youth – a group mostly known to lack jobs and are looking for a leader who can help them get better living conditions through job creation.
The industrious Ruth, who is also no-nonsense lady if rubbed the wrong way, hopes to lead Kisumu County’s development by creating job opportunities for women and the youth.
Most of her opponents are very old chaps, compared to her, who should have retired some years ago, but still want to hang on to power.
Ruth Odinga lived and studied in Oslo-Norway in the 90′s. The country, Norway was later to be a place of refuge for her brother Raila Odinga, where he stayed for about one year before returning to Kenya to continue the fight for political pluralism. On achieving this goal alongside others - political pluralism, he continued championing politics of equality and human rights that later saw him become the Prime Minister, a man who is now hopeful to become the next president of Kenya.