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Raila punches more holes in ‘Hustler’ narrative, roots for BBI

By Eric Juma
Monday, October 19th, 2020
Opposition leader Raila Odinga.
In summary

Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga dismissed Deputy William Ruto Hustler’s narrative and rallied Kenyans to support the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI).

According to Raila, the initiative will address some of the country’s most pressing issues including poverty and unemployment.

 “Its only BBI that will transform Kenya into a new nation that our fore fathers dreamt of.

It will help us match with other nations that achieved independence in the same period with Kenya,” said Raila.

“For 50 years we have suffered in the wilderness of corruption, ethnicity and impunity and that’s why we thought of changing tact by pushing for constitutional amendments to ensure unity and development thrives in the country,” he said.

Raila who spoke who spoke yesterday at Siaya Governor Cornel Rasanga’s home dismissed Ruto’s dynasty versus hustler narrative terming it as baseless.

“The DP has run out of propaganda that would make him confuse Kenyans with political tricks and his recent hustler narrative will not lure voters in his favour since it aims at dividing Kenyans even further,” said Raila.

Ruto for years has proudly called himself the hustler and in his presidential campaign he is appealing to a nation of suffering hustlers who struggle to get ahead. He donates money and tools to help hustlers start a business and overcome Covid-19 hardships.

Ruto has constantly dismissed the BBI agenda, saying that he will not be party to any discussion that seeks to create more positions and share power among the elite when the common man is still struggling.

He said any talks on expanding the Executive should only come after addressing he pressing needs of millions of Kenyans who still live on less than a dollar a day.

“Going forward, we will not allow discussions on power sharing when hustlers cannot put food on the table,” the DP said.

However, Raila told Ruto he should not hide behind the hustler label but should support the government’s development agenda.

Raila insisted that no amount of forces would derail their BBI agenda adding that next week the Country would be engulfed into politics of BBI.

According to Odinga, the BBI which is popularly known as ‘reggae’ had just gone on half-time and may come back as early as next week.

The ODM leader stated that it is through BBI that the constitution will be reviewed and devolution enhanced.