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Raila warns politicians against early campaigns ahead of 2022

ODM leader Raila Odinga with former Funyula MP Paul Otuoma. JANE CHEROITICH

Opposition leader Raila Odinga has told off politicians engaging in early campaigns terming the move as rubbish.

Speaking in Budalangi during the Bunyala sport cultural festival on Monday the former premier said it is a high time for the legislators to give Kenyans a break and focus on development.

He reiterated that the March 9 handshake between him and President Uhuru Kenyattais meant to have a government that accommodates all regardless of political and tribal affiliations.

“You cannot keep the country on a campaign mood for five years, please give Kenyans a break and let us forge ahead,” he said.

He promised Kenyans that during his tenure as AU special envoy he will initiate Lake Victoria Ring Road and find a lasting solution to the wars between Ugandan and Kenyan fishermen on the lake.

“It is import to respect the East African Member protocol of the three States. Uganda is a member and should live up to the protocol,” Raila said.

He regretted that the neighbouring Uganda has worsened the relationship between the two East African Countries by harassing Kenyan fishermen by forcing them to eat raw fish.

Terming the acts as inhuman Raila said, “I will advise President Uhuru to meet Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and find a lasting solution among them having our own marine army”.

Raila also maintained that being in AU will not bar him from doing his work.

“I am very much available and will continue to push for electoral reforms in the country,” he said.

His sentiments were echoed by Budalangi MP Raphael Wanjala who said Raila is not going to retire from politics soon.

“Our people are suffering, there is a lot to be corrected in the current constitution,” Wanjala said.

He further said that he supports Uhuru in the war against corruption adding that his office has conducted a social audit and Sh560 million cannot be accounted for from the former MPs projects in the entire constituency.

Wanjala further condemned leaders for ethnicising graft war insisting that they should carry their own cross.

Former MP and newly appointed Chairman Privatisation Commission Paul Otuoma said that the famous March handshake has bore fruit earning him a job in government.

“The biggest challenge is now corruption, I want to assure my president that I will not let you down,” he said adding, “There is no better legacy Uhuru can leave other than fighting corruption”.