ODM leader Raila Odinga has said he will draw lessons he shared with the late Tanzanian President John Pombe Magufuli to transform the country.
Raila said he was the secret key that helped Magufuli unlock the economy of Tanzania and helped him identify the loopholes he needed to seal to spur economic growth and fill public coffers.
Speaking in Suna West, Migori County, the ODM leader vowed to fight corruption which he blamed for the myriad of problems facing the country.
“I was Magufuli’s advisor and he would even call me at 6 am in the morning to ask for my input on issues. I told him where he could get money,” said Raila.
He claimed that after Magufuli was elected, he spent several days giving him tips on how best to unlock the country’s potential.
“I stayed with him for one week when he was elected. I told him the loopholes to seal to help him generate money for the country,” said Raila.
And among the lessons that he hopes to draw from Magufuli’s leadership to help Kenya grow include the fight against corruption.
“In our country, our main enemy is corruption,” said Raila.
The ODM leader said that he would promote development in the counties under a programme dubbed Uchumi Mashinani even as made a case for his social protection fund.
“I said that I know where we will get money to support the social protection fund. We must change how we are moving as a country,” said Raila.
He also said that he would prioritize education and job creation as part of his agenda for the country.
“We must make sure that we invest heavily in Education. Everyone should have access to education. It will help unlock employment opportunities and also encourage self-employment,” said Raila.
The ODM leader dismissed Deputy President William Ruto’s bottoms-up economic model saying it can never be the solution to the problems Kenyans face. He maintained that it was important to empower young people.
Raila promised to introduce tax reliefs for businessmen and also introduce healthcare insurance for all Kenyans.
The ODM pledge to ensure that factories are built across the country with each sub-county having at least a factory to create employment opportunities.
“Health sector is also an area that we must revamp. We must ensure that everyone is able to get access to healthcare regardless of their financial status,” said Raila.
He faulted Ruto’s generous donations to churches saying it was unrealistic for someone earning Sh2 million a month to spend Sh100 million monthly on donations.
“He takes the donations to church and claim others are waganga,” said Raila.
The ODM leader used the opportunity to rally his Nyanza backyard to enlist as voters in their numbers to ebanle him clinch the presidency.
He urged ODM supporters and aspirants to maintain peace and assured of free and fair nominations.
“Do not heckle an opponent. If you don’t like them, wait for the ballot,” he said.
Deputy President Ruto To Reverse SGR Port Order
Deputy President will reverse legal and executive changes over the use of the standard hand road (SGR) — a pet design of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration — should he win the presidential bean on August 9.
Mr Ruto said on Tuesday he’d return major operations shifted to Naivasha and Nairobi to the Coast to end the profitable privation facing original communities.
“It was never the intention of the government to build the SGR so that the coastal people can be impoverished. The SGR was meant to make the port much more efficient and to improve the business and the fortunes of the Coastal people,” he said in Nairobi on Tuesday.
“Unfortunately, a few people took hostage the whole project and ended up with selfish programmes to the detriment of the coastal people.”
President Kenyatta’s administration has supported the SGR design, which he has maintained has reduced the logistics cost and boosted indigenous connectivity and integration and profitable growth of Kenya’s inland.
Kenya is obliged to recognize prepayment of the Sh327 billion it espoused for the design from the Exim Bank of China in May 2014 and started repaying last time after the expiry of the five- time grace period.
President Kenyatta has argued the SGR and the new inland vessel outstations in Nairobi and Naivasha have reduced traffic bettered outback connectivity and prodded profitable growth.
About 30 percent of all weight coming through Mombasa harborage goes to neighbouring countries.
Deputy President William Ruto and Mr Odinga are the leading campaigners to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta who’ll leave the office at the end of indigenous two terms.
Dr Ruto is running on a United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party ticket.
President Kenyatta also said before that the completion of the depots and inception of freight services will significantly support and give harborage, for the development of the proposed Naivasha Industrial Park.
He said the- forecourt- cadence Naivasha ICD won’t only help relieve pressure on the Port of Mombasa and the Nairobi ICD but will also take the weight closer to Uganda and South Sudan by a farther 120 kilometers from Nairobi.
DP William Ruto To Reverse Uhuru’s Port, SGR Deals
Deputy President William Ruto says the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) design was commandeered to enrich a many individualities.
He was speaking moment at his Karen hearthstone when he ate the Pamoja African Alliance (PAA) party led by Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi to his Kenya Kwanza coalition.
Ruto promised that should Kenya Kwanza win the August 9 election, they will shoulder executive and legal way to reverse some aspects of the design which, he said, had come the biggest neediness to the people of Mombasa and the Coast region.
“It was never the intention of the government to build the SGR so that the Coastal people can be impoverished. The SGR was meant to make the port much more efficient and to improve the business and the fortunes of the Coastal people,” Ruto said.
“Unfortunately, a few people took hostage the whole project and ended up with selfish programs to the detriment of the Coastal people.”
“We as Kenya Kwanza have signed a commitment with PAA on matters they have brought to the table; matters to do with the land, economy, and public inclusivity of Coast people,” Ruto said.
Kingi revealed that they had inked apre-election pact with Kenya Kwanza that would among other effects, reverse all functional changes carried out in the recent history, whose effect has been to dislocate some of the core conditioning of Kenya’s main seaport from Mombasa to inland depots in Nairobi and Naivasha.
“The port operations have all been moved inland and that has caused immeasurable suffering to the people of the Coast region, hence the need to reverse that,” Kingi said.
There has been contestation girding the weight handling business at the Port of Mombasa amid reports over its leasing out by the State.
In 2019 there were enterprises about the handing over of the handling of the alternate vessel terminal and one situation to the Kenya National Shipping Line (KNSL), which is incompletely possessed by private enterprises.
Juggernauts by global harborage drivers through their original agents painted KNSL as‘ inept’or unfit to run the terminal as they prefer a concessionaire from outside the country.
The opponents of the KNSL deal also contended that this will give Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) an overdue advantage against rivals.