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Raila’s Rousing Nakuru Welcome Ahead of BBI Ruling (PHOTOS)


The ODM leader was flanked by Nakuru governor Lee Kinyanjui, Youth and Gender Affairs Chief Administrative Secretary Rachel Shebesh, ODM Secretary General Edwin Sifuna, Former Molo MP Njenga Mungai, and Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya.

Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader Raila Odinga received a thrilling welcome on Tuesday, August 17 in Nakuru County ahead of his perceived strategy meeting with select leaders to chart his 2022 bid.

The ODM leader was flanked by Nakuru governor Lee Kinyanjui, Youth and Gender Affairs Chief Administrative Secretary Rachel Shebesh, ODM Secretary General Edwin Sifuna, Former Molo MP Njenga Mungai, and Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya.

Nakuru residents came out in large numbers to praise the party leader and give him the exhilarating king’s welcome as he stopped a few times to address the crowd.

ODM leader Raila Odinga addressing a crowd in Nakuru on Tuesday, August 17. /TWITTER


Odinga had identified various aspects that will develop the economy and politics of the country in line with Kenya’s vision 2030.

He began by stating that the country needs to protect small-scale traders and shield them from unfair competition by foreigners, adding that the country needs to revisit various policies that would create a conducive environment for traders and businesses to thrive and grow.

“We equally need to address the issue of punitive taxation so that we promote, not punish, investment. Kenya needs a fair and transparent tax regime, backed by a clean and efficient public service,” he said.

ODM leader Raila Odinga addressing a crowd in Nakuru on Tuesday, August 17. /TWITTER

Odinga urged members of the public to embrace and encourage good leadership where leaders exist with a mandate to serve them.

“A nation where meritocracy shall replace mediocrity and nepotism. A country with Zero tolerance to corruption,” he said.

Odinga noted that the country has for very long suffered from numerous problems that could be averted with the right policies and leadership. He stated that the country has endured a difficult journey across the far reaches to democracy, a liberalized economy, and a free and open society.

“We have come this far because, at difficult times, we have always charted a path that sets us apart from other third world countries. A path that takes us forward not backward and secures our future while benefitting from lessons of the bitter past,” he stated.

He called for a united front with an intent to create the political and ideological unity that is required to confront the problems afflicting Kenyans as a whole.

Odinga also spoke on the ruling of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI), adding that he would accept whatever the court decides on the matter later this week.

“We will wait and respect the Court’s decision concerning the BBI. If they see it fit good, if they see it otherwise, good, but nobody can stop reggae,” he said.

The Court of Appeal is expected to deliver its ruling on the BBI appeal case on Friday, August 20, 2021. Earlier communications revealed that the seven judges will read the ruling in open court. It is a ruling that could determine the fate of the bill, whether the High Court’s ruling that threw away the bill will be upheld or not.

The ruling came after a five-bench judge of the Milimani Law Courts had been tasked with debating as to whether the BBI petition would proceed to the referendum stage. The judges were to determine 17 questions raised on the petitions against the BBI process.

Justice Chacha Mwita on the BBI ruling on May 13, 2021. /FILE



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