Monday, 15 October 2012

PM Raila Odinga Promises Kenyans Double Growth in Economy

Massive crowd attends weekend ODM rally in Dandora

The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) will guarantee Kenyans a double digit economic growth annually if Kenyans voted the party during the coming general polls, Prime Minister Raila Odinga has declared.

Given a chance, Odinga said the party was ready to roll out a development blue print that could transform and accelerate economic growth rates by at least 10 % annually.

The Premier who was on a campaign trail in Nairobi’s Dandora estate assured Kenyans that the Orange party was committed to improve the lives of the common people irrespective of their background.

He said ODM will prioritized job creation in the development agenda to ensure that the contribution of the youth was not in vain.

“Last time we emphasized on infrastructure development to open up the economy but this time we want to create jobs for the unemployed youth,” Odinga said.

The PM said the youth who make up the most productive segment of the society will be trained and given grants for investment under the now restructured Youth Development Fund.

He said the Youth and Women funds were reviewed to make the scheme have impact on the lives of targeted beneficiaries after it emerged that some of the recipients were ill equipped to manage and refund the loans.

“We intend to introduce Universal Medical Insurance Scheme and a Social Safety net scheme for the elderly and poor people to sustain them during hard times,” the premier said.

He also censured those agitating for secession to desist saying there was still room for dialogue.

Odinga said ODM had the solution for historical problems some communities in the country were complaining about and told those disgruntled to vote leaders who were sensitive to their grievances.

At one time the rally which was held at the Dandora Stadium went into a minute of silence in tribute to the late Embakassi MP Mugabe Were who was murdered barely a week after he was elected during the controversy riddled 2007 polls.

At least 10 members of parliament including cabinet Ministers Prof Anyang Nyongo, Ababu Namwambu, Fred Gumo, Henry Kosgey and Deputy Speaker Farah Maalim were in attendance.

Speakers told Kenyans to vote wisely during the coming polls to ensure that only those who believed in the new constitution were entrusted with the implementation of the document.

Namwamba further stressed that the presidential contest was about the character and not tribe or the personality of the aspirant and questioned the credibility of some leaders. Others present were assistant Ministers Elizabeth Ongoro, John Mbadi, Bishop Margaret Wanjiru, Manson Nyamweya, Oburu Odinga, among others.

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