By Tobby Otum
I am capable of changing the country in line with the Vision 2030 flagship program when elected to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta when his tenure expires.
ODM party leader Raila Odinga said he is talking from the experience he gathered when he was Prime Minister in the coalition government under retired President Mwai Kibaki.
“The country will move from a developing nation to a middle income nation,” he pointed out.
Raila defended his track record during the coalition government under Kibaki.
He spoke during a coast region ODM delegates’ congress held at Wild Waters Center in Mombasa county.
The ODM party leader said he is ready to work in partnership with the electorate when he forms the next government rather than them being ordinary stakeholders.
Raila said he will also ensure there is gender balance in his government when elected to succeed Kenyatta’s administration.
He pointed out he has a formidable team to form the next government when elected as the fifth Head of State.
“The ODM governors who have served their two term tenure won’t retire but will be involved in the daily political activities,” he pointed out.
The former Prime Minister said he will receive the defections of Lamu Governor Fahim Twaha and his Kwale counterpart Salim Mvurya who will be in his presidential campaigns for the 2022 polls.
Raila said his concern is to solidly have his voters in the region in one basket to enable him to win and avoid a rerun with his opponents.
He assured the region’s electorate that he will stand with them and he promised he won’t let them down as he is ready to enter into an election pact with them.
“My development track record is clean and I am speaking from the bottom of my heart,” he pointed out.
On his part, host Mombasa governor Hassan Ali Joho cautioned his critics to write him off at their own peril.
He told the well attended forum that he has what it takes to change the country’s landscape in next year’s polls.