On Saturday, March 26, a section of Catholic church women became hostile and started booing as some walked away immediately Ida Odinga rose to speak.
However, while addressing members of the press on Wednesday, March 30, the caucus comprising of elected women Members of the County Assembly asked Raila’s wife for forgiveness over the episode.
“On behalf of Meru mothers, we want to say that we are very sorry for what happened. It was just a section of the crowd that the conveners of the meeting have confirmed had been paid to boo mama Ida,” the leaders said.
While condemning the heckling of Raila’s wife, the leaders said they were shocked by the incident adding that all leaders from across the country were welcomed in Meru irrespective of their political affiliations.
“For very many years, Meru has been peaceful. The way we want to be welcomed in all the counties in the same way we shall welcome others to ours.”
Speaking moments after the incident, the organizers of the Catholic Women Association’s (CWA) prayer day in Meru alleged that certain politicians paid people to heckle Raila Odinga’s wife.
“This was supposed to be a day of prayer. A politician had brought people with him to the event, It was decided that only Raila’s wife would address participants so as to clear of politics during the event,” CWA coordinator Gemmah Kathure said.
On their part, the leaders rebuked their colleagues who sponsored the heckling, castigating them for interrupting a church event.
“We want to condemn and shame that incident because it was not a political event but a faithful women’s prayer association,” the leaders said.