Former Prime Minister, Raila Odinga has trailed his guns on Deputy President William Ruto’s campaign strategy focusing on the empowerment of Kenyans who the second in command fondly refers to as hustlers.
In a tell-it-all lecture at the University of Nairobi, the former Prime Minister fired yet another salvo at Ruto, noting that jobs handed to the youths must be quality ones and not politicians looting public funds only for them to return with hollow promises of jobs ad handouts.
Speaking when he gave a lecture on Higher Education at the University of Nairobi, the ODM leader said Kenyans were promised digital jobs, a knowledge-based economy, and a double-digit economic growth, but are now being offered wheelbarrows.
“They are being told Kazi ni Kazi. That is fraud. That is a route I promise Kenyans I can never take. Let me be clear here too. I do not subscribe to the idea of Kazi ni Kazi. No. I stand for decent and well-paying jobs for our youth. All my public life, I have been allergic to giving excuses and resorting to half measures,” said Odinga.
The accomplished stateman maintained that he is prepared to position the youth at a better place for jobs of the future, not taking them back to menial jobs and reliance on handouts.
Mr Odinga added that he wants to focus the youth towards the directions the rest of the world is taking and not where the world is coming from.
“I want to prepare Kenyan youths for jobs of the future, not jobs of yesterday. I want to focus the youth of Kenya on where the world is going, not where the world is coming from… In an era when nations are sending their sons and daughters to planet Mars, I refuse to tell the children of Kenya that the tools our great, great ancestors used in the pre-historic age represent some kind of revolution that can take them places,” he said.
The ODM leader who is seeking to make a fifth stab at the presidency promised that in the event he fails to deliver on his promise, he will not make up excuses.
“There is a commitment I can give the youth of Kenya today. In the event that I fail as a leader to deliver what I promise, I will not invent excuses. I will not change the goal posts,” said Odinga.
He went on to state that it is time for the affairs of Kenyan university and college students to be relooked into and made better for young people.