Fred Gumo could have easily sailed through to win any seat in Nairobi he wanted. Instead, in another expression of his far-sighted commitment to ODM and Kenya, he has chosen to devote his wisdom and energy to ensuring that our coalition wins this election and forms a government that will change people’s lives.
I want to pay great tribute to Hon. Fred Gumo for this selfless
decision, and for the dedicated service he has rendered to our country
during his long political career. He is leaving politics at the very
peak of his career, having accomplished all he wanted to. This is the
kind of legacy all Kenyans should seek to leave behind them.
Hon. Gumo was a master politician who was always in touch with the
grassroots. That is how he managed to build his career in Nairobi, where
he served all Kenyans irrespective of their ethnic background. That is
how Fred Gumo will always be remembered.
Kaa Ngumu Fred!
I also want to pay tribute to Franklin Bett, the Minister for Roads,
who has taken a break from elective politics to dedicate his energies at
the national level to ensure that ODM wins the elections. A sincere and
consistent man of great principle who always put the nation first, Bett
left the Moi administration and joined the Narc struggle to put in
place an accountable and dynamic government which would improve people’s
lives. After Narc’s break-up, he knew ODM was where leaders who pushed
the nation first belonged.
ODM and I will miss the active day to day engagement of both these
ministers. But we have in the two the core of a new group of wise and
independent elders who will guide the CORD government to deliver much
better lives for Kenyans in every part of the Republic.
Rt. Hon. Raila Odinga
16 January 2013