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Raila Odinga pledges unity as he launches ‘Azimio la Umoja’

By Winfrey Owino | Aug 17th 2021 | 2 min read

The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga (pictured) has launched ‘Azimio la Umoja’, a strategic plan aimed at uniting the country ahead of the 2022 General election.

Speaking in Nakuru County, Odinga said the strategic plan’s objective was to dissect problems facing the country, among them political inclusion, divisive electoral processes, insecurity, corruption and reviving the economy.

“We cannot continue pitting each other against the other: the young against the old, poor against the rich, one faith against the pother or tribe against tribe. Kenya cannot afford another era of political violence,” he said.

The ODM leader also pointed an accusing finger at a section of leaders alleging they take advantage of the problems affecting Kenyans rather than addressing and solving them.

“It is clear the problems will go beyond 2022 if they are not identified and addressed today,” Odinga remarked.

According to Odinga, the 2022 roadmap provides a conducive environment for the realization of the Vision 2030 development plan and building a nation where all rights are respected despite the position.

Odinga went on “When united, we can promote small scale businesses in marketplaces from unfair competition by foreigners as well as boosting investment through reasonable taxation. Leaders should serve the people, not laud over them.”

The four-time presidential aspirant opined through unity the country could safeguard the progress made, build and share prosperity equitably and fight against corruption and impunity.

“Leaders should fight for historically marginalised groups and unite to create wealth and shun using poverty as a tool for political gain,” he remarked.

Odinga toured Nakuru County on Tuesday, August 17 and was accompanied by Governors Lee Kinyanjui and Wycliffe Oparanya, Peter Kenneth, Rachel Shebesh, Edwin Sifuna, Junet Mohamed and Maina Kamanda.

Before his address, Odinga addressed residents of Nakuru along Kenyatta Avenue, where he urged them to respect the court’s decision on the BBI appeal case, which is to be made on Friday, August 20, 20



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