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Raila accuses Jubilee of not fulfilling 2013 campaign promises

Monday September 5 2016

Cord leader Raila Odinga addressing rally at Sabatia, Butere Constituency Kakamega County on September 5, 2016. He accused Jubilee government of failing to honour its 2013 campaign pledges. PHOTO | ISAAC WALE| NATION MEDIA GROUP

Cord leader Raila Odinga addressing rally at Sabatia, Butere Constituency Kakamega County on September 5, 2016. He accused Jubilee government of failing to honour its 2013 campaign pledges. PHOTO | ISAAC WALE| NATION MEDIA GROUP 

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Cord leader Raila Odinga has accused Jubilee government of reneging on its 2013 election pledges.

Mr Odinga has challenged the government to show Kenyans its performance record before it starts making 2017 election promises.

Speaking on Monday during his first day tour of Kakamega County, Mr Odinga said Jubilee must tell Kenyans what they have done since they took power.

“It is time the Jubilee government told Kenyans their performance record. They (Jubilee) have forgotten the 2012 election promises and are now busy unveiling the 2017 promises,” Mr Odinga said.

The former Prime Minister noted that the government has failed to deliver on its promise to construct stadiums in all the 47 counties. Mr Odinga said the government has failed to create jobs for the youth as well as ensuring all class one pupils acquired laptops as promised during their 2013 campaigns.

“They (Jubilee government) have instead developed a new tactic of holding sectorial summit at State House every week to discuss blue print,” said the ODM leader.

“This is not time to discuss blue print. Leave it to us and concentrate on fulfilling your promises before 2017 elections,” he added.

Accompanying Mr Odinga in his tour of Kakamega County are ODM deputy party leader and Kakamega governor Wycliffe Oparanya, his deputy Philip Kutima, ODM Chairman John Mbadi, MPs Andrew Toboso (Butere), Benjamin Andola (Khwisero) and Rachel Ameso (Kakamega woman representative).

The Opposition chief kicked off his five-day tour of Kakamega County in a bid to consolidate support in the western region ahead of next year’s polls.

Mr Odinga is scheduled to address a series of roadside meetings in Butere and Khwisero constituencies on the first day of his tour of the county.

On Monday morning, Mr Odinga met MPs, ward representatives and elders from Butere and Khwisero constituencies at the Kisa Homes Guest House before addressing his first rally at Manyula market.

Mr Odinga's tour of Kakamega is significant due to the overwhelming support he received from voters in the region in the 2013 polls.

He will use the tour to counter an onslaught by a group of MPs campaigning to popularise Jubilee Alliance in the region.

The MPs, led UDF’s Benjamin Washiali (Mumias East), have stepped up campaigns to prepare the ground for President Uhuru Kenyatta's visit to western.

Mr Washiali said voters in western region were tired of being in the cold by supporting the Opposition. The legislator added that the region stands to benefit by working with the Jubilee government.

But Mr Oparanya has told residents of the region to remain firmly in ODM and back Mr Odinga, saying he is best suited to give the country a new beginning should he clinch the presidency come 2017.

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