A section of youths in Uasin Gishu County has declared that they are ready to support Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga’s 2022 presidential bid.
Led by Richard Kemboi, an aspiring Turbo Member of Parliament, the youths say Raila is the best bet to lead the country out of corruption that has led to the loss of billions of taxpayers’ money.
In a press briefing in Eldoret town, Kemboi accompanied by other Uasin Gishu youths said they have already launched a campaign to sensitize locals in the county on why the former Prime Minister is best placed to address challenges that the country is facing.
“We are going to the grassroots to educate and tell locals that it is because of corruption that our economy is struggling, and the reason why they are suffering financially. We will also tell them that it is only Raila who can fix this situation,” noted Kemboi.
The Turbo MP aspirant further said they have resolved to support Raila in 2022, as a gift for him from locals in Uasin Gishu and Rift Valley at large, after he rewarded the region with several ministerial positions when he formed the coalition government with President Mwai Kibaki in 2008.
“When we (the Kalenjins) voted for him and helped him be Prime Minister, he rewarded us with a number of ministerial positions like Roads, Agriculture and Higher Education and this is why we are saying in 2022, we will give him a gift, and the only befitting gift for him is to support his presidential bid,” said Kemboi.
With recent incidences of chaos witnessed during Deputy President William Ruto’s tour to Kondele in Kisumu City, the youths called on all Kenyans to be politically tolerant by allowing all presidential aspirants to sell their agenda in any part of the country.
They noted that Kenya is a democratic country and anybody is free to campaign in any part.
“We know Raila will bring change in Kenya but it doesn’t mean that we attack and chase away people with different political ideologies. If someone sees the need to travel from Sugoi to Kondele to sell a wheelbarrow, let him do so. We also have people that don’t want oranges and we respect their decisions.”– Richard Kemboi, an aspiring Turbo Member of Parliament