ODM party leader Raila Odinga on Tuesday made a trip to Nakuru County in what is widely viewed as a political statement targeting Deputy President William Ruto in his bedrock.

Raila was treated to a warm reception by thousands of Nakuru residents who thronged the streets as he arived atop his vehicle and waved to them.

Adressing the crowds, he reiterated the government's commitment to deal with Covid-19 by availing vaccines and called for observation of pandemic control measures to tame the virus.

The former Prime Minister said it was time to forge ahead and unite all Kenyans, especially as the country gears for the 2022 General Election.

Raila called on Kenyans to come together and fight tribalism, corruption, poverty, youth, gender inequality, unemployment and plundering of public resources.

He said it was time to reflect on the original ideas of the founding fathers of this nation as he lambasted those who have plundered public resources and are using them to bribe Kenyans.


He explained that his handshake with President Uhuru Kenyatta was the way to ensure the country returns to full economic prosperity.

he added that they were determined to return Kenya to the path of prosperity as envisioned by the country's forefathers led by late former President Jomo Kenyatta and Oginga Odinga.

He was speaking after meeting Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui for brief talks ahead of the launch of his 'Azimio La Umoja' declaration on what his presidency would be like.

Raila Odinga and Lee Kinyanjui. PHOTO/COURTESY

This also comes amid talks that Raila could be courting Kinyanjui to be his running mate in next year's election, with Okoa Kenya principals Kalonzo Musyoka, Moses Wetangula, Musalia Mudavadi and Gideon Moi expected to back his presidential bid.