Prepare for Third Liberation fight, Raila tells Kenyans
20 July 2016, 07:34
Vihiga - Cord leader, Raila Odinga has asked Kenyans to brace for a third liberation fight in the country to free it from Jubilee rule.
"In the 1950s and 60s, our forefathers fought the colonialists incessantly and with a spirited fight to liberate this country. It is unfortunate the values they fought hard to achieve have been trashed," said Raila.
He added, "People united as Kenyans during the fight for independence. But after attaining it, we were clustered according to our tribes."
He said the country must be redeemed from Jubilee rule that has seen high cost of living, increased corruption cases, and a general bad leadership.
On his second day in the Western region, Raila’s team was beefed up by Governors Sospeter Ojaamong (Busia), Cornel Rasanga (Siaya) and Wycliffe Oparanya (Kakamega).
Raila said the three major parties that make up Cord are intact and will remain united to the end, when they will have ushered in a new era in the country.
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“If we managed to fight the last two liberation wars and won, this one will not be an exceptional,” he said.
Mombasa Senator Hassan Omar who has on numerous occasioned been linked with cutting ties with Cord over its preference for Governor Hassan Joho, for the Mombasa’s 2017 gubernatorial race, pledged his loyalty to the coalition.
“We are firm in Cord at the Coast and we are in a war that must see the Jubilee government lodged out of power in 2017. It is a fight of the have-nots against those who have,” he said.
He said the leadership of Raila, Moses Wetang’ula and Kalonzo Musyoka is an all inclusive one as opposed to Jubilee, where only two tribes are dominant.
Raila said the country has seriously disintegrated because of a few persons who put their greed ahead of the people's interests.
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"It is this inequality that ODM is fighting and which we hope that during this last liberation fight, it will be eliminated," he said.
Raila said it is a shame that after over 45 years of independence, the country still suffers acute poverty in many areas and basic services have not reached the people.
The Cord leader thrilled crowds both in Ekwanda and Luanda market where he held rallies, with residents chanting in his support.
Senator Omar threatened that Cord members will pull out of the Select committee probing IEBC’s suitability to hold next year’s elections, if speaker of the national assembly Justin Muturi does not stop the legal committee from interfering with their proceedings.
“We will pull out of the committee and go back to the streets. However, this time round we will not be saying IEBC must go, but Uhuru and Ruto must go,” he said.
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