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Raila wooes Kalenjin business leaders

12 June 2015, 14:36 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - CORD leader Raila Odinga has continued his political charm offensive on the Rift Valley by meeting Kalenjin business leaders.

The former Prime Minister hosted a delegation of 200 Kalenjin professionals for round-table discussions in which they expressed their mounting frustrations under the current administration.

The professionals primarily decried the poor market prices for the maize and tea produced in their farms in the counties. They further took issue with the rising fertilizer prices putting forward that agriculture in the Rift Valley has been brought to its knees.

They also cited runaway insecurity in West Pokot, Baringo, Samburu and Isiolo Counties that has not been addressed requesting the Premier’s intervention in leading peace talks between warring communities in a manner similar to what he did in Baringo a few weeks earlier.

The professionals were drawn from Tugen, Marakwet, Nandi, Kipsigis, Sabaot, Keiyo, Njemps, Pokot, Agiek, Terik and Sengwer communities and put forward that minority groups are being excluded in the distribution of the national cake. They felt frustrated that jobs and opportunities are the preserve of those close to the center of power and urged him to push the agenda of equity and equality for all.

Raila told the professionals that he had already tasked the Jubilee coalition with improving security and food prices. He also said that his visit to Baringo last month was proof that he was keen on helping improving relations amongst fighting residents.

The former PM also stressed that the Okoa Kenya Referendum initiative would help push the government to change its approach to handling of security amongst other matters.

" The government must improve the manner in which it handles security. There have to be changes made because the current set-up is not working, " the former PM said.

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