ODM leader Raila Odinga has blasted Deputy President William Ruto’s economic model ahead of next year’s transition of political power.
He said Ruto’s current political predicament is a result of not supporting President Uhuru Kenyatta to complete his legacy projects and instead prioritising his 2022 presidential campaigns.
He argued that since Ruto had bolted out of Uhuru’s development agenda, it was within his right to support whoever he wants to succeed him.
“We have a bigger agenda than those telling you mama mboga, wheelbarrow and boda boda. We have a bigger agenda to drive economic growth,” Raila said as he rubbished Ruto’s hustler narrative.
He added: “If you want to talk about hustlers, start with people like the late Nginyo Karuiki, who started from scratch.”
Although Raila is yet to declare his presidential bid, his allies and those of President Kenyatta have fronted him as the best bet to be the fifth Head of State.
“We want to lift Kenya from a third world economy to a middle income economy by 2030, which we designed with retired President Mwai Kibaki. It starts from the lower level, uchumi mashinani. It is lifting the economy and it can be done,” said Raila.
He argued the best way to change Kenya’s fortunes is to create resources and structures that will create more opportunities for women and youth.
“This is what China has done, devolving resources to the regions. China has elevated 500 million people from the lower level and we can do between 15 million to 20 million. We must deal with specific issues which are region based like tea, coffee, pyrethrum and milk. We must make sure things work so that farmers get value for money and deal with monopolies to create incentives,” said Raila.
He said giving youth skills to be wealth creators is the way to go and open up the economy to foreign investments.
“We have too many regulations and middle men that are improvising people. Don not charge taxes which are punitive, but spread the net so you create incentives. When you go after the small people and leave the big fish, it is not good. We will change the way business is done by promoting local investments,” he said after laying a wreath at the grave of late businessman Nginyo Kariuki in Limuru on Thursday.
Raila has sustained his push for a progressive economy and said top on his priority is the fight against corruption.
“We will start by empowering local businessmen by protecting and promoting them. Foreign investors do not come into our country to develop it,” said the ODM leader.
He added: “They put their capital and get profits after which they repatriate the said profits back to their countries as dividends to pay their shareholders.”
He took a swipe at DP Ruto’s hustler narrative, saying he has no idea of how the model works.
“It is so shameful that someone is coming here telling you about mama mboga, wheelbarrow and boda boda without saying how such dreams will be achieved,” he said.
The former Prime Minister was accompanied by his elder brother Dr Oburu Odinga, Siaya Senator James Orengo, Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua, his Kisii counterpart James Ongwae and former Gatanga MP Peter Kenneth.
Kenneth said they will give locals an opportunity to establish what kind of a leader Raila is, and help them make decisions devoid of misinformation.
He said Central Kenya leaders have embarked on a journey to market Raila in Mt Kenya. “We have allowed you to come and spend time with our people and let them decide what sort of a leader you are,” he said.
Kenneth noted that the most important thing for the region is to ensure its interests are secured.
Orengo castigated Ruto for not using the energy he is using to campaign for his 2022 presidential bid to support the president’s development agenda.
He said the political landscape will be different as people from the mountain and the lake will vote together.
Oburu called for a united and peaceful country devoid of tribalism.
Wetangula Ally Majimbo Kalasinga Switches Loyalty to DP Ruto
Ford Kenya leader and Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang’ula has suffered a setback after his ally declared support for Deputy President William Ruto’s 2022 presidential bid.
Kabuchai MP Joseph Majimbo Kalasinga joined the hustler bandwagon during the DP’s tour of Bungoma County last Friday.
“You supported me a lot and I must reciprocate that gesture,” Kalasinga told the DP while addressing residents at Chwele trading centre.
The MP’s about-turn has sparked speculation over whether he has the blessings of his party boss who has on numerous occasions denied links to Ruto.
The MP claimed to have brought greetings from Wetang’ula.
“Our beloved DP Ruto let me tell you that you and Bungoma are one thing and we are ready to work with you in your quest to empower the hustlers of this country,” he said.
But Wetangula’s aide Wafula Wakoli rubbished Majimbo’s claims saying Ford Kenya had no plans of working with UDA.
“Ford Kenya Party has mechanisms and structures to do things and the sentiments by Majimbo that he had been sent by our party leader Moses Wetang’ula to tell DP Ruto that as a party we are supporting his hustler narrative is total lies,” he said.
Wakoli said Ford Kenya was working with One Kenya Alliance.
“We want to say that those sentiments by Kalasinga were his own and not those of the Lion’s party,” he said.
He asked Ford Kenya members to rally behind Wetangula.
“Our party is firm under the able leadership of Wetangula and we are working with other leaders of One Kenya Alliance to take our people to State House come August next year,” he said.
Wakoli said that the party has MCA’s and other MPs who have not declared support for UDA.
Kalasinga joined five Jubilee Party MPs from Bungoma who accompanied the DP during the tour of the county.
Interestingly, the lawmaker was in the company of UDA’s Evans Kakai who came second after garnering 6,455 votes in the by-election.
Kalasinga garnered 19,274 votes to trounce seven candidates in the March 4 by-election. The by-election was occasioned by the death of former MP James Mukwe who was an ally of Ruto.
This comes even as pundits opine that the sibling rivalry within Ford Kenya seems to be a blessing in disguise for Ruto’s UDA party.
Politicians allied to the DP in Bungoma have been taking advantage of cracks in Ford Kenya to solidify his support base.
Ford Kenya has split down the middle, with the Bungoma Senator leading one faction, while the other wing is led by MPs Wafula Wamunyinyi (Kanduyi) and Eseli Simiyu (Tongaren).
The party split following a coup attempt where Wamunyinyi declared himself the party leader.
However, Wetang’ula obtained court orders stopping his removal, pending hearing and determination of the matter.
The party’s National Executive Committee had accused the senator of gross misconduct and failing to champion the unity of members.
The also accused Wetang’ula of failure to reconcile warring members.
The senator has been working to restore sanity in the party amid ongoing political realignments ahead of next year’s polls.
Tusker To Kick-off Title Defense Against AFC Leopards In FKF-PL Season Opener
FKF Premier League reigning champions Tusker will kick off their title defense campaign with a crucial match against AFC Leopards in the 2021-2022 topflight fixtures released by the federation on Friday.
According to the fixtures, the season will kick off next week on Saturday, September 25 with another top match featuring record Kenyan champions Gor Mahia and last season runners up KCB.
However, before the league kicks off, local league champions Tusker and FKF Cup holders Gor Mahia will clash on Wednesday in the traditional Super Cup curtain-raiser.
National Super League champions FC Talanta and runners-up Vihiga Bullets will join other 15 teams in the topflight league after earning automatic promotion slots.
Talanta will mark their return to the top league with a match against Wazito FC as Vihiga Bullets entertain Bidco United.
The last team to join and complete the 18-team league will be known on Sunday Vihiga United and Kenya Police FC set to clash in the second leg of the promotion play-off having played out to a 1-1 draw last weekend.
The new FKF-PL season will kick off without a title sponsor after the exit of Nigerian gaming firm BetKing.
According to the new fixtures, Bandari will host Mathare, Posta Rangers entertain Kariobangi Sharks and Sofapaka play Nairobi City Stars.
2021-2022 FKF-PL Fixtures
Opening weekend, Saturday, September 25
Posta Rangers v Kariobangi Sharks, Thika Stadium
Gor Mahia v KCB, MISC Kasarani 1pm
Vihiga Bullets v Bidco United, Bukhungu Stadium
Bandari v Mathare United, Mbaraki Stadium
Talanta v Wazito, MISC Kasarani
Sofapaka v Nairobi City Stars, Nyayo National Stadium
Sunday, September 26
AFC Leopards v Tusker Nyayo National Stadium, 1 pm
Ulinzi v Nzoia Sugar ASK Grounds, Nakuru
Kakamega Homeboyz v Vihiga United/Police FC, Bukhungu