By Samuel Ouma
Kenyan Chief opposition leader Raila Odinga on Tuesday, August 17, launched a strategic plan aiming to unite the country beyond the 2022 elections.
Dubbed “Azimio la Umoja”, the plan’s objective is to analyze the problems bedeviling the East African nation.
Speaking in Nakuru, northwest of Nairobi, he stated there is a need for unity of purpose around core long-term and consistent, not erratic policies with clearly defined goals as demanded by Kenyans.
Odinga noted that the only way to address the problems sustainably afflicting Kenyans is to bring the diversity of people, their leaders, and their issues onto one table and embark on a systematic and transparent search for solutions as equal stakeholders.
“We must therefore urgently embark on uniting, not dividing our people and not pitting people against each other. “Not pitting the poor against the rich, the young against the old, one faith against the other, tribe against tribe,” said Odinga.
According to Odinga, through unity, Kenya can build prosperity and share it equally and fight corruption and impunity.
Unity can also help safeguard victories scored over decades and advance them, protect democracy and freedoms, diversity and inclusivity, prosperity, morals, and ethics.
“The journey we start today is intended to create the political and ideological unity to confront the problems afflicting Kenya. We are coming together with a political and governance framework that ensures our economy works for each and every one of our citizens,” he added.
The ODM party leader urged Kenyans not to fall into the traps of politicians who are against the nation’s unity.
“We know where history has led those ccountries that fell victim to the sweet tongues of politicians. We must not allow ourselves to be falsely led down that path in 2022. We must take the high road, and summon the angels in us, not recall our demons,” state the former Prime Minister.