Public outcry as Raila Odinga ‘splits’ Kenya into Red, Yellow and Green regions ahead of 2022 poll

ODM party leader Raila Odinga

According to sources, Mr Odinga’s chief campaign strategists are burning the midnight oil on consolidating the Green support while going all out for the Yellow mainly first-time voters estimated at 9 million

By The Weekly Vision Online

The man who is likely to be Kenya’s 5th president if he wins the August 9 presidential election Raila Amolo Odinga has kicked up a storm after he divided the country into Red, Green and Yellow colours. Although electoral zoning is nothing new in countries like the US where pollsters are able to predict which way particular states would vote, in Kenya, commentators say is a different case altogether.

The country is still polarized along ethnic lines, many are warning and any attempt at cluster zones portends future upheavals. President Uhuru Kenyatta once openly conceded the country was “hopelessly tribal”. According to Mr Odinga, the Red reflects poor or little support which is far below expectations.

“How come Meru Senator Mithika Linturi was arrested for saying Madoadoa yet here is the blatant face of Madoadoa in black and white” fumed MP Oscar Sudi demanding action against Mr Odinga

Green points to strong support while Yellow denotes undecided voters. According to sources, Mr Odinga’s chief campaign strategists are burning the midnight oil on consolidating the Green support while going all out for the Yellow mainly first-time voters estimated at 9 million.

But critics including the church and other religious organizations have faulted this move saying the “colour segmentation” could polarize the country along ethnic lines. Key supporters of deputy president William Ruto have denounced the colour “divide” ahead of the August poll and are urging the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NHIC) to stop it.

“How come Meru Senator Mithika Linturi was arrested for saying Madoadoa yet here is the blatant face of Madoadoa in black and white” fumed Oscar Sudi demanding action against Mr Odinga. He was supported by Elgeyo Maraket Senator Kipchumba Murkomen. The two said DCI should stop the “selective application” of the law as all Kenyans are equal and should be treated as such.

Human rights activists from MUHURU, Haki Africa and Katiba Watch have all faulted Mr Odinga asking him to stop “colour zoning” the country for political expedience. Kenya, they said is too fragile a society with strong ethnic loyalties appreciate such segmentation however well-meaning might be, adding that what is “good for the gander should also be good for the goose.”

If Senator Linturi is facing incitement or hate speech charges, how about Mr Odinga who has zoned the country into those who will vote for him and those who will not is that not incitement?” fumed Murkomen. They condemned DCI George Kinoti for using double standards warning it could spell future chaos if it continues.

HAKI Africa and Rift valley Imams through a statement by national coordinator Mohamed Rashid criticized the colour zoning saying the nascent democracy in Kenya is yet to develop to such standards.

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