By Kaltun Jama
Coalition for Reforms and Democracy CORD, leader Raila Odinga was Sunday hosted in Kericho County by the Kipsigis Council of Elders.
Odinga, attended a service at Litein AIC Church in Bureti constituency before holding a rally at Moi gardens in Kericho town.
The former Prime Minister has backed the elders in opposing diversion of water in Mau to Nakuru County.
The CORD leader said that diversion of the water will result in the drying up of seven main rivers flowing to Lake Victoria calling for an immediate stop of the 34 billion shillings project.
He said that Chemosit, Amalo, Chepkulo, Kipsonoi, Songol, sondu Miriu, Gucha, Mara , Migori and Nyando rivers will be adversely affected by the project.
The opposition chief also said Narok, Bomet, Kericho, Nyamira, Kisii, Migori, Homa Bay and Kisumu counties will also be affected.
Kisumu Governor Jack Ranguma, Josephat Nanok (Turkana) and Amazon Kingi (Kilifi) echoed Raila’s sentiments urging the community not to accept the diversion.
Among Others who accompanied Odinga were Siaya Senator James Orengo, MP’s John Mbadi, Junet Mohammed and Elizabeth Ongoro.
Elsewhere, Mavoko Member of Parliament, Patrick Makau, has defended Wiper Democratic Movement leader, Kalonzo Musyoka, over allegations that he grabbed 4,000 acres of land in Mavoko.
The legislator said that as the area Member of Parliament, he is not aware that Kalonzo owns land in the area.
He dismissed the claims by Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua as mere propaganda meant to derail his party leader.
Makau said the recent award that Kalonzo won in New York proves to the world that he has high morals and is a dignified leader who has the qualities to unite this country and promote peaceful co-existence among Kenyans.
He was speaking in ilgarooj village, Kajiado West Constituency in Kajiado County during a prayer event organized to pray for peace in the country.
Kalonzo who was present did not respond to the allegations but focused on the corruption being witnessed in the country, stressing the need to take action on the culprits.