By PMPS and Digital Reporter
Prime Minister Raila Odinga visits Nyandarua Thursday to mobilise support for his presidential bid and will visit the family of the late JM Kariuki.
Raila’s visit comes just days after his rival Musalia Mudavadi of UDF pitched tent in the area and lobbyied for votes.
But the two politicians carry different messages. While there, Mudavadi said the country can enjoy peace and continue to defend the same by their votes in the forthcoming general election.
Mudavadi who decamped from ODM to UDF says the March 2013 general election is a test that the country needs to deal with evils of tribalism, insecurity, inflation and youth unemployment threatening national cohesion and peaceful stability.
In Nyadarua tour, Mudavadi was accompanied by MPs Jeremiah Kioni, Nderitu Muriithi, Bonni Khalwale, former Trade Minister Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi, and a section of civic leaders led by chairman of Nyandarua County Council Paul Njihia Wangungu,
But Raila is linking his visit to the ideals of JM Kariuki and his vision for social justice in Kenya.
Said Raila : “In the 1974 General Election, the late J.M Kariuki ran a campaign for the then Nyandarua North Constituency, focusing on social justice, education and health, land and national unity among other issues.”
Raila repackaged JM’s salient points aheda of his visit. On Social Justice, J.M talked of the need for a system that ensures “every Kenyan, man, woman and child is entitled to a decent and just living” as a birthright... not a privilege.”
On Education and Health, J.M lamented that “Schools and health centres are unevenly spread out in the nation – both in quality and quantity.”
“We could ask how many schools and health centres we have started in Turkana; in Samburu; in Maasai and other areas. We could further ask how many children go to schools in those areas and how many ever reach high schools, and where. A comparison of the birth rate and the death rate in those areas clearly reveals the need to better the health services in those areas.”