Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga has criticized Deputy President William Ruto’s bottom-up economy, noting that Kenyans would not be charmed by the wheelbarrow narrative.
The former Prime Minister, while addressing Laikipia residents in Nanyuki town on Sunday after a church service at Nanyuki PCEA Church urged the youth not to accept any form of jobs for the sake of it.
“We are talking about the youth revolution. I am urging youth to take charge of leadership in this country so we can change it for the better. Youths deserve better jobs and not giving them wheelbarrows,” the former Prime Minister said, further appealing to youth to join him for a better opportunity.
The ODM party leader further urged the youth to turn up and register as voters, promising to walk with them and empower them economically.
Odinga also addressed the church congregants and advised Kenyans to maintain peace and unity. This comes after a recent ban from Catholic Church Bishops on politicians campaigning in places of worship.
“Kenyans should be united and there is no better time than now when we are facing an election. We should come together for the stability of this country,” Odinga urged.
He added, “I am in full support of not politicking in church. We came here for spiritual nourishment therefore we will proceed with politics outside the church,” Former Prime Minister said.
Siaya Senator James Orengo said that Odinga’s tour to Mount Kenya region is a commitment in unifying the country.
“This country will prosper only if we work as a team and condemn corruption,” Orengo said, pleading with Mt. Kenya to propel Odinga to State House during next year’s general elections.
Former National Cohesion and Integration Commission chairman Francis Ole Kaparo warned politicians against peddling lies to Kenyans. He further urged Kenyans to fight tribalism and maintain peace for the prosperity of the country.
“I want to see a country that is peaceful where Kenyans can work and do business everywhere,” NCIC Chairman said.
Laikipia Governor Ndiritu Muriithi on Saturday said that Odinga’s visit was meant to change the notion that the President could only come from Mt. Kenya region.
Kenya African National Union (KANU) Laikipia Chairman Maina Njenga said that they have joined forces with ODM in bid to address challenges that Kenyans were facing for instance insecurity in Laikipia.
“This meeting is timely because we will seek Odinga’s support on how to stop perennial banditry attacks,” Njenga said.
ODM secretary Edwin Sifuna said they were working on ensuring that Odinga clinches the country’s top seat.
“Kenyans at the grassroot level need to interact with the ODM leader in order to know him better as we near next year’s elections. This is part of a mission to ensure he reaches every part of Kenya,” Sifuna said.
Leaders present were Homa Bay County Women Representative Gladys Wanga, Tigania East MP Mpuru Aburi, Homa Bay Senator Moses Kajwang and Royal Media mogul S.K. Macharia among others.
Meanwhile Deputy President William Ruto was in AIPCA Church service in Buuri sub county, Meru County a few kilometres from where his political rival Odinga was.