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Auma Obama Finally Responds to Odinga’s Strong Criticism

Sauti Kuu Foundation founder Dr Auma Obama defended her remarks on emancipating the Luo community from the culture of begging.

Her remarks had been criticized by former Kisumu Deputy governor Ruth Odinga who stated that Dr Auma was not justified to “insinuate that Kenyans or Luos are known for handouts.”

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Speaking in Kogelo on Monday, Auma stated that the culture of “gonya gonya” (asking for handouts) and konya konya (unshackle me) must be done away with through empowering the young generation.

“Let us stop the gonya gonya syndrome … I insist though  even i have been receiving strong criticism from  some people. If you are mad at me, come and join me here. Let us work together … I will show how not to do it. Don’t exploit your communities; help your communities. This is a pilot … it’s only the beginning. We will do this somewhere else,” Dr Auma remarked.

“The reason I built this with the support I have is that I want my community members to start realizing they can actually do things for themselves … that they can help themselves and don’t have to constantly be in a situation where they are grateful to others for what they have,” Dr Auma stated.

Regarding youth employment, the founder noted that the problem resulted from the failure by successful people to create opportunities for others which she maintained forced a majority of youth to flock urban centers in the hope of making it, not knowing that the best opportunities “lie in the very villages they are running away from”.

Sauti Kuu centre has football and basketball pitches and a training centre for people aged at least four. At the centre, people will get training in areas such as sports, mechanics, farming and welding.


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