Raila pledges to ensure free and fair party primaries

Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga has pledged to ensure free and fair party primaries to pick candidates for the forthcoming general election.

Odinga noted that a task force report recommending stringent rules in the nomination process has been adopted to ensure a credible process.

He noted that the nomination exercise is a collaborative process that requires transparency among all parties involved including the returning officers.

The ODM leader spoke at Orange House when received defectors from Kisii County, who ditched their respective parties to join ODM.

Notable among the defectors is Kitutu Chache MP Richard Onyonga, who ditched Ford Kenya.

Elsewhere, Wiper Democratic Movement Leader Kalonzo Musyoka was Thursday endorsed as the party’s flagbearer for the coming general election.

Musyoka, who is one of the principals in the One Kenya Alliance (OKA) said he will push for unity among Kenyans if elected president pledging to ensure that the economy thrives again as he did together with President Mwai Kibaki in which the economy grow from 1% to 7% in five years.

The Wiper leader said his administration will ensure that the promise at independence of high literacy levels will be achieved through free education from basic education to higher education.

While noting that the economy has been eroded through corruption and plunder, the former vice president said the economy can only be rescued through a targeted fight against corruption and sending all corrupt individuals to jail.

In his acceptance speech, the Wiper leader called for a review of the tax regime in the country noting that high taxation is narrowing the tax bracket leading to high taxation of the few and making the country unsuitable for investment.


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