Kenya: Azimio raids former Odinga base in Lang’ata as IEBC accepts presidential ticket
Nairobi – Azimio La Umoja – One Kenya Alliance on Sunday expressed confidence that the party will take over leadership of the country after the August 9 elections and succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta at the end of his 10-year reign in power.
The leaders were speaking at Undugu Grounds in Lang’ata, hours after the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) cleared Raila Odinga and his running mate Martha Karua to stand in the August elections.
Azimio standard bearer Odinga slammed his opponents for spreading what he called “propaganda” calling them “liars”.
“Wale wamezoea mambo propaganda hawajui kusema ukweli. Wakisema maneno mia moja, moja ndio itakuwa ukweli, mengine yote ni propaganda tupu. (They are used to propaganda; they cannot tell the truth. If they say a hundred words, one will be true, the rest will be empty propaganda),’ he told a crowd in Lang’ata, a former stronghold captured by Vice President William Ruto’s wing in the 2017 parliamentary election.
Odinga has promised the people of Langata several gifts once he takes over the leadership of the country, including the planned improvement of the slums of Kibera, a constituency created after 2010 after it was split from the larger Lang’ata that it once represented, building affordable housing for residents. he takes over the country.
He also promised to improve health care and education in the county.
“We will continue the Kazi-Mtaani initiative to provide jobs to unemployed youths to ensure they are financially self-sufficient,” Odinga said.
He further pledged to recognize the Jua Kali artisans operating in the country saying that they will receive the certificates of recognition of higher education.
Regarding the boda boda sector, Odinga said his government would support them financially and train them in safety.
“We have many plans for this country that we aim to achieve, that’s why we want our supporters to plan for themselves,” Odinga said as he called for a six-vote voting scheme to get Lang back. ‘ata of Ruto’s United Democratic Alliance.
He noted that only by a six vote vote can he successfully deliver on his promises without being under what he called “capture”.
“That’s why I say, I don’t want you to elect me to State House as a ‘prisoner prisoner’. I want to go with my troops,” he said as he instructed his supporters to elect pro-Azimio representatives in parliament.
Karua, for his part, urged their supporters to do whatever it takes and turn out in large numbers in the August 9 elections to ensure they get enough votes to ascend to power.
She praised Odinga for his role in fighting for justice for Kenyans since entering politics saying he is the best candidate to lead the country.
“I ask you to get your votes ready, remind your friends, we want all the votes we can muster to secure victory,” she said.
She reiterated that Azimio will not engage in petty arguments in its quest to take over the leadership of the country, but will stick to an issue-based campaign.