Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga has appointed his cousin Jakoyo Midiwo to lead the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) campaigns in his region.
The appointment comes after the opposition leader together with President Uhuru Kenyatta presided over the laugh of the BBI signature collection exercise on Wednesday, November 25.
Raila has since tasked Midiwo to spearhead the report's signature collection process across the Nyanza region.
Return to politics
The new role is expected to return the former Gem Member of Parliament into the political scene after staying in the cold since 2017 when he lost his seat.
The former lawmaker was floored by Elisha Majimbo in the highly contested ODM party primaries.
He tried to defend his seat as an independent candidate but was triumphed over by Majimbo.
Midiwo in turn parted ways with the Raila-led outfit until recently when he started warming up to the opposition leader leading to his appointment.
Young Turks on BBI
In similar appointments, on Tuesday, November 24, Raila unveiled a youth group christened Young Turks on BBI.
The group which comprises youth representatives from all the 47 counties in Kenya, is expected to lead the report’s grassroots campaigns up to the planned constitution referendum scheduled for June next year.
Recently Raila via a Zoom meeting implored the members to rally youth to own the BBI process and also be on the forefront in ensuring that the vision of the initiative is realised.
“We are also doing this so that the next generation will have a united country. It is not about 2022 elections; because the elections will come and go. With this document in place, our young population will benefit from its fruits,” the former premier stated.
Ministry of Education Chief Administrative Secretary Zack Kinuthia and Jaoko Oburu, the son of East African Legislative Assembly legislator Oburu Odinga, will be the national coordinators of the lobby.