Raila Odinga, the leader of the coalition party Azimio la Umoja One Kenya, claims that bills being passed by the National Assembly threaten devolution. 

On Friday in Gem, Siaya County, Mr. Odinga stated that the Legislature shouldn't be utilized to undo the progress made in enshrining the Constitution. 


In addition, he desires that the Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) and the Kenya Rural Roads Authority (KeRRA) be completely subordinated to county governments by the national government.

“There are so many new Bills coming to Parliament...they want to take away functions devolved and attempt to take it back to national government,” he said.

Speaking at the Gem Constituency Agricultural Expo, which brought together stakeholders in the agriculture sector to transform the lakeside region into a food-secure county, Mr. Odinga led other ODM leaders in speaking. 

The Affordable Housing Bill has already been criticized by the opposition, who claim that housing is a devolved function that the federal government is implementing with the aid of laws passed by the national assembly.

“There are functions which were centralised before like infrastructure...KURA and KeRRA...today they should fall under the county government and funds given to counties to boost roads,” he said.

In case member states support him to become the chairperson of the Africa Union Commission, the former premier assured his supporters in Siaya that he would not desert them. 


 "I'm not going anywhere. I'm still with you here."I'm still here but heading to the African Union; Addis Ababa is two hours away," he continued. 

Martha Karua, the leader of the NARC Kenya in Kirinyaga County, endorsed Mr. Odinga's candidacy, describing the Azimio boss as the most qualified person in the area to chair the African Union Commission. 

 "No other man has the experience or qualifications to lead AU better than him," she declared.