[dropcap]O[/dropcap]n Saturday, 27th January 2018, Raila Odnga was in Homa Bay County for the People’s Assembly forum and had a very passionate message for his kinsmen. The message, delivered in a folklore, was conveyed in Luo language but one Michael Atira Jombi translate for everyone to understand countrywide and worldwide, which he shared through social media.
Raila told the crowd thus:
Long time ago there was a very deadly drought. There was no water, no food; livestock died and the whole land was full of outcry. Parents watched helplessly as their children died. A group of village elders came together to try and find a solution.
They decided to visit a chief priest in his shrine for advice and some solution. Upon reaching the shrine, the chief priest told them to offer a human sacrifice to the gods so that the gods might have mercy to the land.
This is how the sacrifice was supposed to offered: “Go and look for a young girl who is still a virgin. Take that girl down to the river and offer her to the crocodiles. After that, the gods will be appeased and it will start raining again.”
The elders started looking for the girl and by good luck, they found a girl by the name “Waganda”. After telling Waganda the whole story, she decided to die for the sake of her land.
On the day of sacrifice, Waganda bid farewell to her parents and walked down to the river without being forced by anyone.
She started singing while heading to the river.
“Waganda go go go. Today you are going to save your people from the drought. Waganda go go go. Don’t cry, Waganda go go goo.
Then Raila concluded: My people, today I have come to say goodbye. On 30th January I will be heading to the river without being forced by anyone. I am going there for the sake of this great nation Kenya. (Prepared by Michael Atira Jombi)