A common thread in the deliberations was that with Raila soon in State House the Luo community must learn business and trade techniques very fast. A good starting point was to emulate their more enterprising handshake partners from Mount Kenya.
"You should ask yourself what value am I going to add to a Raila presidency", said Siaya Governor Cornell Rasanga Amoth, adding "When I was the government procurement officer we used to issue LPOs for the mass purchase of goods. Many people would not touch those documents for fear that government is slow in honoring payments. Only Kikuyu traders understood that the government is the most reliable trade partner. Today those gentlemen who traded with the government are billionaires."
Siaya Governor Cornell Rasanga Amoth (screengrab).
The Saturday meeting was labeled as a caucus of elders from the Mountain meeting their counterparts from the Lake but there was more to it than a convergence of elderly people.
Richard Ngatia, President of KNCC&I.
In attendance were leading lights in the Mount Kenya political and business fraternity. Also present was the Leader of Majority in the National Assembly Dr. Amos Kimunya, the President of the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry Richard Ngatia, billionaire businessman Muthoga, Kisumu Governor Peter Anyan'g Nyon'go, and other senior government officials.
On the sidelines of the Luo-Kikuyu Elders talk were serious business consultations as the two communities are angling for an advantage in a Raila Amollo Odinga presidency.
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