The Star (Nairobi)

12 November 2012

Kenya: Raila Praises Kibaki's Development Record

Prime Minister Raila Odinga has paid tribute to President Kibaki saying he has helped the country make tremendous progress since the 2007/08 post-election violence.

Speaking at the PCEA Church in Chogoria, the PM said he will carry on with Kibaki's legacy if he is elected president next year. The PM recalled the suspicion and mistrust that characterised the earlier days of the coalition saying it took a lot of effort by himself and the President to build confidence.

Odinga said the coalition government has made significant progress in infrastructure, healthcare, education and civil rights under "very difficult conditions."

"As Kibaki retires, I want to pay tribute to him for the strides we have made. I wish him really well as he prepares to retire. As ODM, we want to take over from where he is leaving and continue making Kenya a better place," the PM said.

Odinga said he is prepared to work with every Kenyan to move the country forward. The PM said that the 2013 elections will coincide with Kenya's 50th anniversary, which would also mark the beginning of the country's rebirth.

"I am prepared to take over and help lay a firm foundation for our country's next 50 years," the PM said. Odinga said he would focus squarely on the rights that the new constitution guarantees every Kenyan.

The PM singled out right to shelter, education, work, healthcare, food and free speech as some of the priority areas his government would pay particular attention to.

Odinga said he would stand up against tribalism and divisive politics which he said have crippled the nation. The PM called on the Church to stand up for the country and restore moral values that unite the people.

Mr Odinga said the country would be stable if Kenyans adhered to moral principles and religious values espoused by the church. The PM who is on a second day of tour of Meru is accompanied by Minister Henry Kosgey, assistant minister Josephat Nanok and former MP Maoka Maore.

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