Trust me and work with me, says Raila at Mount Kenya
The leader of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), Raila Odinga, has called on residents of the Mount Kenya region to hand over the leadership of the country to him.
Raila said he understands the problems faced by the majority of Kenyans in various parts of the country, including central Kenya, and is committed to providing solutions.
He said agriculture was the backbone of the region’s economy and pledged to prioritize the implementation of reforms initiated by the administration of President Uhuru Kenyatta aimed at streamlining sub-sectors such as tea, coffee, pyrethrum, milk and avocado, among others.
If he is elected president next year, he is committed to raising the bar in the agricultural sector for the benefit of millions of farmers in the region.
âI know you are farmers. I assure you that I have solutions for them. I want us to develop our basic economy. We will help our farmers start smart agriculture and add value. He said
âWe want everything we get from our farms to go to our local industries where it’s processed. This way everyone in the value chain, from the farmer to the businessman to the factory, will benefit. And our young people and our women will find jobs, âRaila added.
He argued, however, that all of this was only possible if the country, first and foremost, remained united. He cited this as the main reason for his decision to launch the âAzimio la Umojaâ campaign.
The former prime minister said Kenya needs stability to embark on the path to prosperity. In this regard, he said the country cannot afford to repeat the mistakes of the past.
âWe know where we came from, where we are and where we are going. If you don’t know where you are going, we’ll get you there, âsaid a spirited Odinga.
Raila, who was in Nyeri County, said this context motivated his decision to close ranks with President Kenyatta. He said they “sat down and talked at length.” And during the March 2019 talks that gave birth to the ‘handshake,’ Raila said they discussed the country’s history.
âWe looked at where we were and how we were. We wondered when and where the rain started to hit us.
âWe have identified the problem. We have agreed that if we take a particular route, this problem will be completely resolved. It is a Kenyan disease that we wanted to cure. This would put Kenya on the path envisioned by our ancestors. ” He said
The ex-PM said the country’s ancestors wanted a united Kenya. “That is why they sang: ‘O God of all creation, Bless our land and our nation, Righteousness be our shield and our defender, May we dwell in unity, peace and freedom, The abundance is found within our borders. “
“Justice has not been our shield and our defender, we have not lived in unity, peace and freedom, which is why we have not had much within our borders. ” He said
During his recent forays into the Mount Kenya area, Raila said Kikuyus and Luos should remain brothers without being suspicious of each other.
âThere should be no enmity between Luos and Kikuyus. A Kikuyu can go to Migori, live and get married and vice versa, âhe said.
Raila, who was accompanied by political leaders from Nyanza and the Council of Elders Luo led by Ker Willis Opiyo Otondi, among others, said he was happy that the âMountainâ embraced him regularly.
âI am happy to be with you. I am confident that our friendship will last forever. I know that Mzee Jomo Kenyatta and Jaramogi Oginga are happy wherever they are, âhe accused.
âWhen Kenyatta left detention, Jaramogi gave him a fly whip – his mark of authority. And he walked with it until his death, âhe said.
Friday was a busy day for the former Prime Minister. He held separate meetings with elders, youth and businessmen from the Kikuyu community as he mobilized support for his presidential bid. He is due to meet with political leaders from 7 counties in central Kenya on Saturday.
At Saturday’s meeting, Raila said he had things to disclose to the people of Mount Kenya and the country as a whole.