Former Prime Minister and ODM Leader, Raila Odinga, has said in a few weeks to come together with President Uhuru Kenyatta they will be touring different parts of the country to preach and foster unity.
Speaking during an artists’ event held at the home of a media mogul, S .K. Macharia in Gatanga, Murang’a, Tuesday, the opposition Chief underscored the need for unity and peace, saying it will help in reviving the country’s economy.
Odinga said the purpose of the handshake was to bring unity and thus they will be touring many parts of the country to encourage Kenyans to embrace peace, especially towards General Elections.
“We will start touring all regions in the Country. We will come to Central, go to Nyanza, the Coast, and other parts in an effort to consolidate unity amongst all Kenyans,” he said.
His sentiment came after several leaders from Central Kenya said ODM Leader has the liberty to tour the region and sell his presidential candidature.
The leaders including Governors Nderitu Mureithi (Laikipia), Ann Waiguru, MPs Kanini Kega, and former Gatanga Legislator, Peter Kenneth, said Odinga has nothing bad he had done to the people of Central Kenya and he is welcome to visit and interact with the local residents.
Meanwhile, Odinga said the government needs to put up policies aimed to support the economic status of Kenyan musicians. For a long time, he noted, musicians have been exploited, saying that the artists should benefit from their work.
“In other countries, musicians are among the richest people. In the country we can make our artists rich by paying them for their entertainment and remove people who have been exploiting them,” he added.
He further said the economy can only be revived if funds are devolved to the grassroots, but not by giving people handouts.
“The economy of this country cannot be revived through giving handouts. The important thing is to revive rural economies by establishing industries and supporting agriculture among other sectors,” he added.
Murang’a Governor Mwangi wa Iria challenged musicians to invest with the money they earn, saying the formation of Sacco will see them make more investments.
Wa Iria underscored the need for equity in the distribution of resources, saying that will end tribalism and fight for top seats in government.
Other leaders who spoke in the event lauded the efforts of Odinga in the fight for second liberation in the country.
Kieni MP Kanini Kega said the people of Mount Kenya will not forget the support the Former Prime Minister did in ending the KANU era by supporting former President Mwai Kibaki.
“Mr. Odinga, feel free to come to the Central Region. Sell your presidential candidature without fear and you will wonder how to get overwhelming support. Handshake brought peace and tranquility to the country,” added Kega.