Help me kick Ju­bilee out of power, Raila urges Kalen­jins

‘You de­nied me votes be­cause of false claims that I had fixed Ruto at the ICC. That was not true at all ... we were both in ODM. If you elect me, I will stream­line is­sues’

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics - MATHEWS NDANYI @ndany­i_­math­ews

Cord leader Raila Odinga has urged the Kalen­jin com­mu­nity to help him re­move Ju­bilee from power by sup­port­ing his pres­i­den­tial bid.

He was made a Kalen­jin elder and given bless­ings to run for Pres­i­dent when he vis­ited Meibeki Karona trad­ing cen­tre, Uasin Gishu, yes­ter­day. Present were ODM MPs Andrew To­boso (Butere), John Mbadi (Suba), Mil­lie Odhiambo (Mbita) and Simba Arati (Dagoreti North).

Raila later went to Tot in the Ke­rio Val­ley to ad­dress peace ral­lies. The Val- ley has been hit by many ban­ditry cases. The re­gion is a Ju­bilee strong­hold and the back­yard of Deputy Pres­i­dent Wil­liam Ruto. Raila said he will tour the Rift Val­ley soon.

He said Ju­bilee has not ful­filled its pledges. “Ju­bilee has presided over graft as most Kenyans suf­fer in ab­ject poverty. They have stolen left, right and cen­tre from the Na­tional Youth Ser­vice projects, the Eurobond and other scan­dals,” Raila said. “They are yet to tell us where the Eurobond money dis­ap­peared to along with all the other theft of pub­lic funds.”

He said Ju­bilee has not ful­filled its pledge to build 10,000km of road in all parts of the coun­try. “If you sup­port me next year, I am ca­pa­ble of stream- lin­ing things in the coun­try. I need you to help me re­move Ju­bilee from power in 2017,” Raila said.

He said he was not re­spon­si­ble for the ICC case against Ruto. Raila said the case was used to cam­paign against him in the Rift Val­ley in 2013, yet “there was no way I would have be­trayed Ruto over the 2007-08 post-elec­tion vi­o­lence when we were both in ODM.”

“You, the peo­ple of Rift Val­ley, de­nied me votes be­cause of false claims that I fixed Ruto. That was not true at all,” he said. Mbadi urged the el­ders to tell Ruto to work with Raila “if he ex­pects to as­cend to the coun­try’s top lead­er­ship”. He said Ruto has no chance of suc­ceed­ing Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta through Ju­bilee.

/MATHEWS NDANYI

Cord leader Raila Odinga in Karuna Meibeki near El­doret town yes­ter­day

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