Ahead of the Aug 8 elections, Raila Odinga devoted his speech to two groups of the Kenyan population, the youths, and the single parents.
If you are you a youth or a single mother but didn’t listen to this speech at NASA’s previous rally at MasindeMuliro grounds, let me quickly take you through it before I put across my point.
Odinga began his speech by addressing the general woes of the Kenyan economy and attributed the ills to the failed Jubilee regime. He vastly dealt with the high cost of living, which has been aided by the high inflation rate, corruption, and poor government policy. However, it is his address of the two groups that won my heart.
The NASA flag bearer first addressed the youths, particularly those who have had the benefit to reach the tertiary level of education.
Your future has been rigged
“You joined nursery school, then primary school. You passed and acceded to a secondary school. At that level too, you passed,” paused Raila.
“You joined university or college for advanced learning. You graduated, but out here, there is no quality employment for you. You wonder what you did wrong!” the ODM leader lamented with a glowering face.
“It is not your fault,” paused Raila, amidst the cheering crowd.
“You have done everything right! It is the government that has failed you. Your future has been stolen away from you! Your future has been rigged,” he summed.
“The NASA government want to change that! If you did everything right, you deserve to have a job; that is the least your government can do for you!”
I have you in my heart
“Allow me also to address Kenyan women, not just women, but single mothers!” he appealed to the crowd.
“Your husband died, leaving you with kids to take care of. Or you are divorced or separated, but have children to look after,” continued Raila.
“Or maybe you just got yourself pregnant and therefore have a child or children to bring up. I want to talk to you!
I know it difficult for you to shoulder the responsibilities of parenthood alone. It is even harder if you don’t have a stable source of income; I have you in my heart!” he deduced.
“The current government has Balkanized the programs, which disregards you, single parents. The NASA government will create a program to empower the single mothers. When we form the next government, we’ll ensure that we end your troubles, or at least reduce it!”
While listening to Raila; I felt as though he was speaking my mind.Perhaps, it is because I’m a youth. But he won me over. I wonder if his statement touched you too. If it did, was it enough to influence your decision?
Raila enjoys a huge following among the Kenyan destitute, a reason that has led his opponents to name him the “Lord of Poverty”. But the truth is, he is the President of Kenya’s poor. He has always stood by these people all through his political life.
As a social democrat, Raila has for a large part of his life been advocating for resources to be collectively owned by the public. It is this quest that led to the birth of devolution, which is now transforming the country, albeit with integrity challenges.
As we are waiting for the IEBC to announce the new official date for the presidential election, I want you to ponder if this government has served you well. Remember, voting for Uhuru means continuity, this is regardless of whether what is continuing is right or bad for you. On the other hand, a vote for Raila would be the beginning of a new era.
I would love to see how the father of devolution would implement the current constitution. This wish can only come true if we vote him as the president. Therefore, it is my humble appeal to the Kenyan youths and single mothers, particularly those who are among about 4 million Kenyans who abstained from the annulled August 8 voting exercise, to turn out in large numbers and vote Raila Odinga for the President of the Republic of Kenya. Let him reclaim out rigged future.