Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader Raila Odinga on Thursday blasted Jubilee government for failing to deliver on some of the pledges it had made to Kenyans in 2017.
Odinga, who was in Westlands, Nairobi, singled out laptops for Class 1 pupils, stadia and a million jobs for youths as some of pledges President Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration failed to deliver on.
During the tour to popularise the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) referendum, he urged Kenyans to shun Deputy President William Ruto’s wheelbarrow economics that he equated to a ‘class war’.
He said Ruto could not be trusted to initiate meaningful change via his 'hustler' movement, saying he was part of the failed Jubilee government promises.
"Don't give youths handcarts and wheelbarrows, these youth need sustainable solutions. What is the use of a wheelbarrow in Nairobi," posed Odinga.
The former Premier, who has forged a handshake political deal with President Kenyatta, instead asked Kenyans to support the BBI saying it offers long term solutions to hurdles facing Kenyans.
Opposition Leader Raila Odinga continues his onslaught against President Uhuru Kenyatta's administration over failure to fulfill its pre-election pledges. We is on the BBI campaign trail in Westlands, Nairobi.— Oliver Mathenge (@OliverMathenge) January 21, 2021
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In the last few weeks the relationship between Odinga and Kenyatta sides has been getting rockier, with Odinga's close ally, Siaya Senator James Orengo threatening that ODM will bolt out of the handshake if some leaders in Jubilee don't story undermining them.
The Senate Minority Leader blamed a section of Jubilee leaders led by DP Ruto of trying to derail the handshake between the President and the ODM leader.
He was flanked by area MP Tim Wanyonyi, Nominated MP Maina Kamanda, Embakasi East MP Babu Owino, Nominated MP Godfrey Osotsi, ODM Secretary General Edwin Sifuna among others.