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Luos are not poor, but need to pull up socks, says Kidero

Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero has dismissed the latest Ipsos poll that portrays regions dominated by Cord supporters as most poor.

However, he said the study should act as a wake up call to the community to work hard and prove the findings wrong.

Dr Kidero urged his colleagues from the Luo community to use devolved resources to salvage their people from poverty.

He spoke during the burial of Ms Elsa Ojanga, the mother of an ODM supporter, at Pedo Village in Homa Bay Town on Saturday, where he also asked church leaders to reject politics at funerals.

Dr Kidero said it was disrespectful to bereaved families for politicians to turn burial functions into political platforms.

“Let funerals remain strictly for consoling bereaved families and not to settle political scores.”

He also hit at those who brand Luos poverty-stricken, dismissing political commentator Mutahi Ngunyi’s gift of a goat to Luos that he gave as a sign of apology for calling them poverty-stricken.