'Kenyans have accepted the idea of Raila as next president,' CS Munya says
Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya now says that Kenyan citizens have gradually started to come to terms with the idea of Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader Raila Odinga succeeding President Uhuru Kenyatta.
According to Munya, Odinga’s tactical move to involve the grassroots in his political campaigns has resonated well with Kenyans who firmly believe that the former premier will address their grievances should he emerge victorious at the August polls.
“Tunaona kule tunaelekea. Jana tulikuwa tunazunguka Rift Valley na Trans Nzoia na watu wameanza kubadilika na kushika wewe. Hiyo propaganda na kasumba ilikuwa imewekwa imeisha,” the CS said.
“Naona tukielekea huko mbele kila mtu atakuwa na Baba kwa sababu Wakenya wamekuelewa kama shujaa ambaye amepigania Kenya miaka hii yote na ambaye lengo lake ni kuleta mabadiliko.”
Munya was speaking at Mount Kenya University in Thika, Kiambu County, on Saturday when Odinga took his Azimio la Umoja campaign trail to the Central Kenya town as he continues soliciting the region’s support ahead of the August general elections.
The CS similarly lauded Odinga for his decision to partner with President Kenyatta in the now famous ‘handshake’ citing that through the deal, the duo have managed to unite Kenyans hailing from different parts of the country.
“Pia Baba nakushukuru kwa partnership ile mmekuwa nayo pamoja na president wetu Uhuru Kenyatta; hii partnership ya kuleta Kenya pamoja kwa sababu Kenya itaendelea kama tunaembrace Wakenya wote. Kenya haitaendelea kama kuna Wakenya wanabaguliwa na hawana opportunity ya kujiendeleza,” the CS stated.
Munya then proceeded to take a swipe at Odinga’s critics underscoring that certain factions were preaching divisive politics instead of attempting to unite the nation, especially since the elections are fast approaching.
“Kuna wengine ajenda zao ni kugawa Wakenya ndio unaona wakienda mkutano wakisema Wakenya ni madoadoa. Mkenya anaweza kuwa madoadoa kweli? Hata mgeni yule ako Kenya si madoadoa. Baba tunakushukuru wewe umekataa hiyo,” the CS said.
He consequently reassured Thika residents that Odinga would help improve the region’s agriculture sector should he clinch the presidency, citing that improving the industry is a key area that the ODM frontman intends to advance for the betterment of the locals.