ODM chief Raila Odinga said he would learn the lessons he shared with the late Tanzanian President John Pombe Magufuli to transform the country.
Raila said he was the secret key that helped Magufuli unlock Tanzania’s economy and helped him identify the gaps he needed to fill to boost economic growth and fill the public coffers.
Speaking in Suna West, Migori County, the ODM chief vowed to tackle the corruption he blamed on the myriad of problems facing the country.
“I was Magufuli’s advisor and he even called me at 6 am to ask for my opinion on the problems. I told him where he could get the money, ”Raila said.
He claimed that after Magufuli’s election, he spent several days advising him on how best to unlock the country’s potential.
“I stayed with him for a week when he was elected. I explained to him the loopholes to be filled in order to help him generate money for the country, ”Raila said.
And among the lessons he hopes to learn from Magufuli’s leadership to help Kenya develop is the fight against corruption.
“In our country, our main enemy is corruption,” Raila said.
The ODM chief said he would promote development in the counties under a program dubbed Uchumi Mashinani, while also advocating for his social protection fund.
“I said I know where we will get the money to support the social protection fund. We have to change the way we move forward as a country, ”Raila said.
He also said he would prioritize education and job creation as part of his agenda for the country.
“We have to make sure that we invest heavily in education. Everyone should have access to education. This will help unlock job opportunities and encourage self-employment, ”Raila said.
The ODM leader rejected Vice President William Ruto’s bottom-up business model, saying it could never be the solution to the problems Kenyans face. He argued that it was important to empower young people.
Raila has promised to introduce tax breaks for businessmen and also to introduce health insurance for all Kenyans.
ODM is committed to ensuring the construction of factories all over the country, with each sub-county having at least one factory to create employment opportunities.
“The health sector is also an area that we need to reorganize. We need to ensure that everyone can access healthcare, regardless of their financial situation, ”Raila said.
He criticized Ruto’s generous donations to churches for saying that it was unrealistic that a person earning 2 million shillings per month would spend 100 million shillings per month on donations.
“He takes donations to the church and pretends the others are waganga,” Raila said.
The ODM leader took the opportunity to rally his backyard in Nyanza to enlist as voters in numbers to enable him to win the presidency.
He urged ODM supporters and aspirants to keep the peace and ensured free and fair appointments.
“Don’t heckle an opponent. If you don’t like them, wait for the ballot, ”he said.
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