ODM leader Raila Odinga on Thursday warned the youth against blindly joining DP William Ruto’s hustler bandwagon.
Raila, who was giving a keynote address at the ODM Women League Delegates meeting at Kitengela, equated DP Ruto with a hyena hiding in sheep’s skin.
“We know who the liberators of this country are. For Ruto to claim he will liberate the youth from poverty by giving them wheelbarrows without showing them the work they will do is quite misleading,” said Raila.
The opposition leader claimed Ruto is a product of the YK92, and Kenyans know what the 1992 bandwagon was capable of doing.
“He is a hypocrite out to hoodwink the youth into following him blindly. About 75 per cent of Kenyans are youth under 35 years of age, and these are the people the hustler nation is targeting. It will be disastrous for them to join his bandwagon,” claimed Raila.
Raila said meaningful changes that will benefit Kenyans is in the Building Bridges Initiative that he formed with President Uhuru Kenyatta.
“This is where the real change to better Kenya and its political space, economy, and shared leadership. The economy of this country is dwindling because the cooks are few and those eating the cake are many,” he said.
He said that at independence Kenya had a population of 8 million people, but the number has risen over time and is now 47 million.
“Those opposing the BBI will be forced to swallow their pride because the document has the support of majority Kenyans. We know those opposing it, and yet calling themselves liberators. Liberators of what?” asked Raila.
The main agenda in the Kitengela meeting was women empowerment and what next for the two-third gender rule.
The opposition leader thanked Kenyan women for standing with their families during this corona virus pandemic by providing them with food.
The women of Kenya played a role in providing a steady supply of food in rural and urban areas during the pandemic period.
He said it is time Kenyan rejects some other traditions and practices that discriminate against other people on gender lines.
Raila said women have an equal role with men in Kenyan politics and in building the country’s economy.
“This is the reason ODM is supporting the two-third gender rule wholesomely,” added Raila.