Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga has reiterated that he will add onto President Uhuru Kenyatta’s development legacy, in the event that he clinches the presidency at the August polls.
Odinga, who was speaking at ODM’s National Governance Conference (NGC) held at the Bomas of Kenya on Friday, said his government will focus on delivering development projects that Kenyatta has started on but will not be able to deliver by the time he exits State House.
“When we take over, we will continue the work that he started and move on and that this bond will not die with the elections. The elections will strengthen it and we will work together going forward,” the former premier said.
Odinga added that despite being political rivals in the past, he respects President Kenyatta and his decision to unite with him in the now popular March 2018 handshake was in a bid to unify Kenyans following the 2017 disputed elections, which he says divided Kenya.
“At this stage, I want to pay tribute to President Uhuru Kenyatta, as you know we were on opposite sides in the previous elections, and you know what happened and the crisis that followed the repeat presidential elections,” he said.
“As a result, we agreed with Uhuru that Kenya is bigger than us and therefore we decided to come together to unify Kenyans.”
He likewise stated that despite numerous warnings from some of his allies who alleged that Kenyatta would betray him after the handshake, his belief in President Kenyatta’s intentions for the country did not waver even in the slightest.
“Some people went there and said, Uhuru is cheating you, he will abandon you but I told them I was confident he would not,” he said.