Sunday 06/16/13 Jersey City, NJ. Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga gave a speech to Kenyans in Jersey City, NJ which is a political spot light for Kenyan politicians when it comes to political fundraising and outreach meetings for the Diasporas. He was hosted at New Karibu Maranatha SDA Church, a Kenyan Church after being given flowers at the entrance and welcomed by Kenyan community leaders.
Kaca President Mr. Nathan Mogesa Praised the Former PM for his contribution for the fight for a better Kenya. “Kenyans in the Diaspora supported you during campaigns and elections” said Kaca President.
Doc Odotte from Allentown, PA spoke about Jersey City Being the a Hot Spot of Politics especially in 2007 there were two groups ODM and Raila 2007 fighting to host Raila.
Present with the Former Prime minister was Former UN Deputy Ambassador Dr. Josephine Ojiambo, Kenyan’s Ambassador to Washington His Excellency Elkanah Odembo.
“Kenyans need to apply for passports in the US for their children instead of sending them to Nairobi where there is queuing with locals.I will be going back to Kenya in few months. Raila was the first Prime Minister and last because of the constitution and has left government, but he remains with that title forever” Said Ambassador Elkanah.
Raila praised Kenyans for their support from Diaspora during his campaign and elections. “I know if they had allowed you to vote you could have voted for me. I came for my daughter’s graduation and decided to pass New Jersey and greet you”.
Raila told Kenyans that he had written a letter to the British Prime Minister about the abuse Kenyans incurred during colonial era where Britain answered back and apologized for the torture. “I have left grand coalition government Nusu Mkate (Half Bread) but we fought for the constitution and also reduced presidential powers. They didn’t want Bomas draft but we negotiated for a good constitution. For now it’s too early to attack government from opposition because we have to give them time to act on their pledges. We spend time before elections to put in place election officials and commissioners so we can have transparent elections. They bought electronic voting equipment that were supposed to work but manufactured not to work so they could go manual counting to manipulate. I accepted the verdict of the Supreme Court but don’t agree with it for the sake of peace. Democracy is a process it’s not coffee you make and drink immediately. Raila should not be looked as an object of pity. Mwiko ukivunjika sio mwisho wa upishi (When the cooking stick is broken that is not the end of cooking). We are going to restructure ODM to be a strong party and in Makueni senate by election Cord will win”. Said Raila.