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Raila: I'm not mad to raise money at the expense of teachers

25 September 2015, 13:01 Dareel Eric

Nairobi - Former Prime Minister, Raila Odinga has dismissed claims by Jubilee legislators that money raised through the pay bill number released the Wednesday rally at Uhuru Park was campaign money.

Raila brushed claims that he was fundraising for his campaigns in 2017, noting that there are many ways to raise money for campaigns instead of swindling teachers.

“Raila is not a mad man to raise money at the expense of teachers. If I want campaign money, I will call for an harambee,” he said.

He added that the funds raised through the accounts opened will be handed over to the teachers in public, and encouraged Kenyans to contribute the little they have towards the same.

Read Also: Raila's plan to fund-raise for teachers the biggest joke of his political life

He spoke at Vihiga High School when he gave a key note speech at the ongoing second edition of Annual Lake Region Agribusiness Investment Conference and Exhibition.

He bemoaned that the national government is out to frustrate governors so that devolution does not work and justify the reasons they were giving that devolution won’t work.

He noted that the trickledown effect, emphasised in the Session Paper 10 of 1965 on African socialism, should guide the government to invest in high yielding areas so that areas that are arid and marginalised can benefit from the same.

“Today if you are waiting for instructions from Nairobi, be assured the people are not waiting with you,” he said.

Raila bemoaned that despite the Lake Region being a net producer of sugar, rice and maize, concerted efforts are being made by the government to kill the sector.

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