Raila promises free education and upgrading of slums into low-cost housing units

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Azimio la Umoja presidential candidate Raila Odinga, Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka, Governors Kivutha Kibwana (Makueni) and Charity Ngilu (Kitui) during the Mukuru kwa Njenga rally on June 2, 2022. IMAGE/TWITTER

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Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Alliance government will provide free education from primary to secondary school level presidential candidate, Raila Odinga has said.

Mr Odinga said his coalition was committed to fighting three key problems bedeviling Kenyans that included illiteracy, disease and poverty.

“We are also going to upgrade all the slums in Nairobi into low cost housing estates with adequate water, electricity and proper sanitation,”

Mr Odinga who was speaking at Mukuru Kwa Njenga during a rally to welcome Wiper Leader Kalonzo Musyoka back into the Azimio One Kenya Alliance said his government would ensure a vibrant economy that would reduce the cost of living through fair pricing of goods and services.

“We are going to make sure that the cost of living is going to come down through fair pricing of commodities and affordable housing,” he said.

Mr Odinga said he was very happy to be re-united with Mr Kalonzo ahead of the August 9 General Election saying they had contested together in 2017 but lost unfairly.

“This time round together with my brother Kalonzo and the entire Azimio team we are going to take Kenyans to Canaan after our journey was cut-short in 2017 by turbulent waters invested with crocodiles,” he said.

Mr Odinga called on Kenyans to rally behind him and Azimio candidates across the country so as they can win with a landslide. Mr Odinga asked Ukambani leaders led by Kalonzo, Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu and Makueni Governor Prof Kivutha Kibwana to put aside their differences and work together to ensure he wins the presidential race.

Mr Kalonzo said he had not left Azimio but he had only taken a sabbatical to seek divine intervention.

“I sought the guidance of religious leaders on what was good for this country and that is why I am reuniting with Mr Odinga,” Mr Kalonzo said.

Mr Kalonzo said his re-union with Mr Odinga has assured Azimio a landslide victory in the presidential race.

During the rally, Mr Odinga appointed Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI) President Richard Ngatia, to head presidential campaigns in Nairobi. Mr Odinga lauded Mr Ngatia who was appointed a presidential special envoy on trade by President Uhuru Kenyatta after he withdraw from the Nairobi gubernatorial race in support of Jubilee candidate Polycarp Igathe.

“I am very proud of Mr Ngatia for demonstrating statesmanship by stepping down in support of Mr Igathe and I therefor give him the responsibilities of heading the presidential campaigns in Nairobi,” Mr Odinga said.

The Azimio and One Kenya presidential candidate also praised Nairobi Governor Kananu for stepping down in support of Igathe and appointed her to head Nairobi’s Azimio gubernatorial campaigns.

During the meeting Mr Odinga said ODM aspirant for Embakasi East Irshad Sumra had also stepped down for Wiper’s Julius Mawathe, while former Starehe MP, Maina Kamanda, had stepped down from the senatorial race to back ODM candidate Edwin Sifuna.

“Today is a great day in Azimio as we have reached consensus among different aspirants and this would guarantee us a landslide victory in Nairobi,” Mr Odinga said.

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