Azimio la Umoja Presidential candidate is calling for peace in the upcoming elections in August.
Speaking at a rally in Lodwar, Turkana county, on Sunday, Odinga stressed the need of a unified country, stating that efforts to improve the country’s economic situation will be impossible if the country is split.
He confined his plea for unity to the Rift Valley area, adding that if he wins the president, he will ensure that all guns in civilian hands, which he blames for the region’s violence, are collected.
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“Tumesema tunataka maendeleo lakini hatuwezi kuwa na maendeleo kama hakuna amani katika taifa letu. Hatutaki kuona wakenya wakikufa kwa sabau ambayo inaweza kuepukana. Hatutaki kuona wakenya wengine wakichukua bunduki na kuenda kupiga wenzao,” said Raila.
“Tutahakikisha ya kwamba amani iko kati ya waturkana, wapokot, wamarakwet, watugen na hata wasamburu. Hatutaki wale ambao wana bunduki ovyoovyo. Bunduki inafaa kuwa chini ya walinzi wa amani ili walinde wananchi na si kunyanyasa wananchi.”
He went on to pledge Turkana citizens that he will battle corruption during his government, describing it as the country’s single worst opponent.
Odinga was surrounded by Azimio la Umoja movement leaders, including NARC-Kenya head Martha Karua, Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper), Kakamega Governor Wyclif Oparanya, Narok Senator Ledama Olekina, Suna East MP Junet Mohammed, and Homa Bay women rep Millicent Omanga, among others.