The ODM party has nominated a cobbler from Masiro in East Ugenya to represent the interest of people living with disabilities at the Siaya County Assembly.
Fredrick Odhiambo Oloo, 47, is one of the many leaders who turned up for the orientation exercise ahead of their swearing-in Tuesday.
Odhiambo received the news of his nomination while mending worn-out slippers at his Bondo Kolalo workshop. He would earn between Sh150-200 a day.
During an interview with the Star, Odhiambo was extremely excited following his appointment.
“I am still shocked that a cobbler who is disabled like me is now being referred to as ‘Mheshimiwa’. I cannot thank the ODM party enough,” he said.
“I know the problems bedevilling people like me in society. Once sworn in, I will go back to the villages and lead them in discussing solutions to their problems,” Odhiambo said.
Odhiambo attributed his nomination to his loyalty and love for Governor James Orengo and the ODM party.
He explained that as a cobbler, he liked politicking at his place of work and always persuaded voters to support Orengo and Raila Odinga.
Orengo, he said, gifted him with the crutches that he is currently using and even promised to nominate him.
The father of three said that most people despised him because of his disability.
He dropped out of school while in Standard 7 and cannot communicate in proper English.
“I will debate and make laws in Kiswahili.”
English and Kiswahili are the two official languages for use in the county assembly chambers.
Odhiambo went to Sirisia primary School before dropping out following the death of his parents.