ODM leader Raila Odinga continued what appears to be a vote hunt mission in the Mt Kenya region, with a tour of Naivasha and Subukia in Nakuru County and Nyahururu in Laikipia County.
The former Prime Minister quickly hitting back at rivals over claims that President Uhuru Kenyatta’s political backyard had turned into his deputy William Ruto’s stronghold and as such he was not at liberty to move in and out of the region as he wishes.
“I don’t need anyone’s permission to climb Mt Kenya. I want to remind them I scaled Mt Kenya many years ago. Some have forgotten that I was here and I said Kibaki Tosha, campaigned for him and he won the elections (in 2002). Back then I used to be referred to as Mutongoria Njamba (Kingpin),” Raila told a roadside gathering in Subukia.
The opposition leader rallied the residents to back his Azimio la Umoja campaign which he seeks to use as a vehicle to deepen cohesion in the country. He says this will provide a strong foundation with which to catapult Kenya to economic success.
“Time for the third liberation has come. The first one brought independence, the second one – new constitution, and the third will be economic liberation,” He said
According to Raila, the major pillars of his economic revival plan include unity and equity as well as ensuring Kenya is a large-scale producer. He stressed that he has a better plan to move Kenya away from poverty to development just like the world’s developed nations.
“We will ensure that every Kenyan child from Primary, Secondary to University have an equal chance to succeed. And they will have a chance to contribute to the country’s development.” He said
“I mean, respectable jobs, such as those of engineers, electricians, and ICT experts among others. We also want to ensure issues affecting farmers such as the availability of seeds, fertilizers, and pesticides as well as markets for produce are addressed. We will also develop industries for value addition. Those who have finished school will have interest-free loans to set up businesses.” He added
Raila further defended his proposed monthly stipend of Kshs. 6000 to the youth saying it was practical. If elected, he says he will make this a reality in Kenya.
“This is an issue that has been looked into and certified by my economic advisers. They have researched and I can tell you this is doable.” He said
“To the youth, I’ve heard and listened to you across the nation. Sita walet down. I promise a better Kenya for you.” He reiterated
Raila maintained that BBI was good citing the proposal to have one man, one vote one shilling a reality. He told the locals Nakuru County, for instance, would have gotten five new constituencies with an extra Ksh Billion if the Constitution Amendment Bill 2020 was passed.
“It’s water under a bridge now but we will bring these issues back once we assume power.” He promised
Among those accompanying Raila during the tour included Governors Lee Kinyanjui and Nderitu Muriithi, Former Presidential aspirant Peter Kenya and a host of MPs from Mt Kenya, and Businessman SK Macharia.
They insist Raila was free to scale Mt Kenya and sell his policies to the residents in the vote-rich region without undue interference from anyone.