Azimio la Umoja presidential candidate Raila Odinga while speaking to Maa community at Ololunga trading centre in Narok South Sub County on Saturday 22 promised to revive the economy and secure jobs for the youth if elected as the 5th president of the country.
Raila reiterated that the vulnerable families who include single mothers and the jobless will be covered by a Social Protection Programme and will get a monthly stipend of Sh6, 000.
“Some say this is impossible, I want to tell you that it has happened in many other developed countries and it will happen in Kenya. I was the prime minister of this nation for five years so I know where the money is,” he said.
The Orange leader promised to lower the price of fertilizer that is currently selling at Sh6, 000 to a much lower subsidized price so that the farmers can enjoy the labour of their hands if elected the fifth president of this country.
He also promised to put regulation on the sale of farm produce, citing an example of milk where a farmer sells milk at Sh30 but it is sold at Sh70 in retail shops.
Raila Odinga was accompanied by a host of leaders among them Cabinet Secretary in charge of Environment Keriako Tobiko and Governors Ndiritu Muriithi (Laikipia) and Lee Kinyanjui (Nakuru) and a number of Members of Parliament from Narok and Kajiado county.
He also promised to reclaim the pieces of land allegedly grabbed by influential leaders back to the community, among them the Mulumbi farm in Trans Mara West sub-county that is possessed by Deputy President William Ruto.
On health matters, the ODM leader promised to introduce a ‘baba care’ programme that will see everybody regardless of the background get free, quality treatment in the hospital.
If elected the president in August this year, the former premier also promised to free primary, secondary and tertiary education and help the young graduates secure interest-free loans that will be payable after seven years.
On his part, CS Tobiko reminded the Maa community of the huge political price that Odinga had to pay in protecting the Mau forest from destruction.
“Baba said he would better sell ‘mandazi’ in Kibra than sitting back and watching as Mau is destroyed. This is a man who has paid a heavy price for this country and we are only safe in his hands,” said Tobiko.
Governor Kinyanjui said he is campaigning for Odinga because he is the only leader with a track record of development and that he was capable of uniting the nation.
He asked Odinga to prioritize reducing the prices of farm inputs so that farmers in the country can get value for their money when he gets to the statehouse.
During the Azimio la Umoja meeting, Kilgoris Member of Parliament Gideon Konchella, vowed to rally behind the former premier in his presidential bid.
The aspirants who spoke at the rally called on Raila to ensure that the party primaries were carried out in a free and fair manner as there are over 300 aspirants who have shown interest in vying under the Azimio la Umoja umbrella.
Earlier, the Narok Maasai Council of elders led by their chairman Kelena Ole Nchoe endorsed Raila Odinga’s presidential bid.