We’ll beat UhuRuto in 2017, Raila says

The opposition leader said the government had instead presided over corruption.

Monday March 21 2016

ODM leader Raila Odinga addresses Kisumu residents on March 17, 2016. Mr Odinga said a majority of Kenyans had lost confidence in the government. PHOTO | TOM OTIENO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

ODM leader Raila Odinga addresses Kisumu residents on March 17, 2016. Mr Odinga said a majority of Kenyans had lost confidence in the government. PHOTO | TOM OTIENO | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By NELCON ODHIAMBO
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Cord leader Raila Odinga has expressed confidence that the coalition will beat Jubilee in the 2017 General Elections.

Mr Odinga said a majority of Kenyans had lost confidence in the government. He said President Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration gave unrealistic election pledges and had failed to deliver them.

Mr Odinga mentioned the laptop project, laptop computers for Standard One pupils, improved roads and better teachers remuneration as some of the campaign pledges Jubilee had failed to deliver.

“I once told Uhuru and Ruto that they could not lead the country. Three years down the line, no pupil has a laptop” Mr Odinga said.

The opposition leader said the government had instead presided over corruption.

The Cord co-principal said the reduction of job opportunities for young people and the country’s slow economic growth were worrying.

Mr Odinga spoke on Saturday at Ogoya Village in Bondo during the burial of Hesborne Onyango, the brother of Siaya Deputy Governor Wilson Ouma Onyango.

Nominated MP Oburu Oginga said the coalition had enough numbers to beat Jubilee.

“It is impossible for Raila to lose in 2017. We will reduce the chances of Jubilee rigging the poll,” Dr Oginga said.

Mr Odinga said Cord would stop the theft of public resources being witnessed in Kenya.

His sentiments were echoed by Siaya senator James Orengo who said the Cord leadership would deliver Kenyans to the promised land they had been yearning for since independence.

“We have waited for more than 50 years to reach the promised land. The only person who can take us there is Raila,” Mr Orengo said.

The leaders’ remarks came barely a week after the release of survey conducted by Infotrak which showed that a majority of Kenyans felt that the country was headed in the wrong direction.

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