ODM leader Raila Odinga is accusing Deputy President William Ruto and his brigade of vehemently opposing proposals that were meant to benefit Kenyans.
He says, the strong opposition to the Building Bridges Initiative – BBI put up by the Tangatanga brigade made it impossible for Kenyans to make the desired changes to the constitution which would have guaranteed them proper and efficient service delivery including the increasing of money to counties from the current 15 per cent to the proposed 35 per cent.
In addition, Odinga says the Deputy President and his team also opposed the establishment of the Ward Development Fund which would have helped Members of the County Assemblies to initiate development projects and have them implemented without having to seek favours from the County Governments.
“When we proposed the One Man, One Vote, One Shilling to increase the allocation of funds to regions, Mt. Kenya was going to be the biggest beneficiary, but they opposed it for their own personal reasons”, he said.
Speaking at a consultative forum with leaders, businessmen, and opinion leaders from Murang’a County at the Thika Green Grounds Monday, Odinga said although there was a setback in the process to have the constitution amended and entrench some key proposals into it, the process will one day be revived to ensure better service delivery for Kenyans.
The ODM leader said rampant corruption in the country was the biggest impediment to development and vowed to ensure zero tolerance to corruption when elected President in August this year.
“We want to fix this country. We want everyone to have equal opportunities and be able to build a country that will attract investors both local and foreigners” he added.
He said Kenya deserves to be playing in a major league but due to corruption, the country has continued to stagnate in terms of development.
“We want to play in Super League and not in the second-tier league where we are today”, he said.
On his handshake with President Uhuru Kenyatta, Odinga noted that their decision to work together was for the good and prosperity of the country at the time when Kenyans were faced with tension and anxiety following the disputed presidential election of August 2017 and the events that followed.
“The President and I chose peace. We chose to put aside our differences for the benefit of Kenyans and resolved to ensure Kenya is united”, he said.
He said Kenyans deserve leadership that will unite them and not one that divides them along tribal lines.
The Cabinet Secretary for Transport and Infrastructure James Macharia said the people of the Mt. Kenya region want a leader who will help them grow in terms of business and other investments.
He said they had looked around and seen Odinga as the only man capable of uniting the country and helping Kenya grow.
“I assure you of our unwavering support in this year’s general election”, he said.
Former Gatanga Member of Parliament Peter Kenneth on his part heaped praises on Odinga whom he described as a leader with a solid mind that can help Kenya play in a higher league.
“I have never voted for you, but this time around, I will vote for you,” he said.
In addition, his predecessor in Parliament David Murathe said the country was yearning for a Mandela moment and that it needs a leader who has the oomph and the courage to put aside their personal interests and make Kenya great.
“Raila has stood the test of time. He is the most qualified from among those aspiring for the top seat to steer this country to the next level” he said.
Others who spoke included National Assembly Minority Leader Junet Mohammed, Murang’a County Woman Representative Sabina Chege, former Kiharu MP and Murang’a Senator Kembi Gitura, business moguls SK Macharia of Royal Media Services and Peter Munga, the founder of Equity Bank, former Molo MP Njenga Mungai, small scale traders and opinion leaders from Murang’a County.
On Saturday this week, Odinga is scheduled to address a major Azimio la Umoja rally at Ihura Stadium in Murang’a County.