Former Prime minister and Orange Democratic Movement leader Raila Odinga has shared highlights on a few undertakings carried out by him that would put him ahead of others in the hunt for the Mt Kenya votes ahead of 2022 polls.
Speaking earlier today with Kikuyu station, the AU special envoy said that he played a key role on a number of the developmental projects in the area while still serving in the government.
The former Presidential candidate noted that he pioneered and spearheaded mega infrastructural developments during his tenure as a government official in the retired President Mwai Kibaki regime.
The Orange leader went on to quote the Thika Superhighway as one of the grand projects that he ensured was undertaken and completed while serving in the Grand Coalition government with President Mwai Kibaki, as the the prime minister.
He also continued that during his time as the Minister for Roads and Public works, the road network in the region and other infrastructures expanded in the region, for the good of the nation.
“Mount Kenya contributes greatly to the GDP of the country, and during my tenure, I made plans on the development of Thika Super-Highway, Mau Mau Road ,Kenol till Marua Road,” said Raila.
Asked about picking a political running mate from the region, the seasoned politician noted that as long as the person stood the test of time and fit for it, he is good to go and open to any option, while calling the people from the region his people.
“People from Mt Kenya are my people and I am open to working with them.”
He also dispelled the Raila-phobia that the people have perennially been served, stating that the people from the region and friendly and very welcoming to him, continuing that he has never wronged the region.
“I have never wronged the region, it is the propagations which started during the Nyayo-era when I went against the regime. They started spreading propaganda that I was a dangerous person,” he added.
Odinga also stated that since the times of his father Jaramogi Oginga Odinga his family has always enjoyed a cordial relationship with the people from the mountain.
Baba junior wrapped it up in citing the 2002 Kibaki Tosha declaration putting an end to the Moi era of 24 years when he helped former President Kibaki ascend to power, even after his nasty accident putting him on a wheelchair.
The ODM leader is seeking to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta as the Kenyan Fifth President when his term expires in August next year, with the Deputy President William Ruto seen as the main challenger in the upcoming 2022 polls.