ODM leader says Luhya nation to play critical role in his government
Azimio La Umoja presidential candidate Raila Odinga yesterday said the Luhya nation will play a critical role in his government if he wins the August 9 elections.
The Orange party boss revealed that he had a robust development agenda for the Western region.
Speaking in Kakamega county yesterday, Raila also called upon the church to back his bid to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta while promising to fully involve them in discharging his duties and responsibilities if elected president.
He said he would ensure that all the collapsed industries in the Western region were revived.
He cited Mumias Sugar Company, Webuye PanPaper Mills and Malakisi Cotton ginnery as some of the projects he would revive.
“I am in this race because I value the people of Kenya, Luhyas included. Do you think Raila can ignore a community he traces his roots to?” he posed.
He said his forefathers were from the Wanga extraction.
Raila said Luhyas were well represented in Azimio and that he would ensure the community was economically empowered. He said the movement’s main agenda was to unite and develop Kenya economically.
He hit out at Kenya Kwanza, saying they did not have any positive agenda for the country.
He also downplayed the simmering friction in Azimio, saying he would solve all emerging issues in the movement in due course.
“We are a strong team that is committed to unite and develop Kenya. We are a big family and differences must emerge. But we shall handle them internally,” he added.
He started his day at St Joseph The Worker Shibuye Catholic Church in Shinyalu constituency where he implored the clerics to join his bid.
“We want to unite and develop our country. Help us build on President Uhuru Kenyatta’s legacy by supporting us now and after August 9. I will actively involve the clergy in this journey ahead of the next elections and thereafter,” he said.
Raila then proceeded to Shinyalu, Khayega, Malinya and Musoli markets. The Azimio leader continues with his campaigns today.