ODM Leader Raila Odinga has come under sharp criticism after a section of Kitui women and youth lashed out at him for sexual utterances he made against Kamba women.
Speaking to press in Kitui Town, the group led by Ilandi Kitheka and Damaris Charles said the Opposition Chief’s remarks portrayed Kamba women as of loose sexual morals.
“We were shocked by his remarks because they demean the Kamba women and the community at large,” said Damaris terming the utterances careless and derogatory.
Mr Kitheka argued that it was unexpected of a leader of Raila’s stature to be associated with such detestable slur.
“We have always respected him and supported him politically but he has crossed the line. He must apologize or face our wrath,” he said.
They were referring to a viral video clip of Mr Odinga in which he is heard saying “Wakamba ni waaminifu, wao ni kama kina mama. Wakisema watakupatia, wanakupatia…” loosely translated, “Kambas are faithful. Like women, if they promise to give you they will…”
Odinga spoke over the weekend when he led a high powered delegation including Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua and his Kitui counterpart Charity Ngilu to rally the Kamba community residing in Kibra to vote for ODM candidate Bernard Imran Okoth in Thursday’s by-election.
The lobby group also asked Kamba leaders to chart a new political direction for the community in the wake of Mr Odinga’s declaration of NASA death and ODM’s resolution to sever ties with affiliate parties of Wiper, ANC and Ford Kenya.