Upbeat Raila, Karua intensify campaigns in Mt Kenya bloc
Azimio-One Kenya presidential contender Raila Odinga and his running mate Martha Karua (below) have intensified their campaigns in the vote-rich Central region.
Addressing rallies in Tharaka Nithi and Embu counties, the duo pleaded with residents to elect them, saying their team is credible, trustworthy and best suited to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta.
“We offer you a chance to bring economic liberation to Kenya and transform the lives of our people. Vote for Azimio and bring real change,” said Raila while addressing crowds at Marimanti in Tharaka Nithi and Embu town.
Reiterating his agenda to rid the country of four major challenges — disease, poverty, illiteracy and corruption — Raila said his coalition team will live up to their pledges.
He said he would put a stop to run-away corruption, through which Kenya loses Sh700 billion annually. “Kenyans are overtaxed and life has become unbearable. Punda amechoka (the donkey is tired). It is time to relieve our people from this burden,” Raila said.
He took a swipe at some of his competitors, accusing them of using stolen resources to bribe voters. “They come to you as liberators, using stolen money to donate in churches. Take the money and vote for Azimio.”
Raila maintained that his campaign pledges—including a social protection scheme, healthcare, free education from basic level to university—are workable, urging Kenyans to ignore their opponents who have trashed this.
He added that key in his agenda is industrialisation, which he said would reduce the country’s over-reliance on agriculture .
Karua termed their coalition a true reflection of Kenya and assured residents that their interests would be catered for. “I know people from this region have never voted for Baba. But this time round, the equation is different. You have a chance to make Kenya better. When you see me in Azimio, rest assured that your welfare will be taken care of,” Karua said.
Noting that the country needs good leadership, she said Raila would ensure justice for all. “The other coalition comprises people who are only famous for scandals and misdeeds. The country’s future needs to be in safe hands,” Karua said.
She told people from the Mountain region not to be divided on tribal lines.