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Raila warns Kenyans on drums of war

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Opposition Chief Raila Odinga has now raised concerns with what he terms ‘deafening sound of war drums’ as the country heads to 2022 elections.

At a meeting with ODM’s Ward representatives, Raila challenged Kenyans to decide whether they want elections or civil wars every five years, and cautioned Kenyans to be wary of leaders propagating violence saying the country’s stability is at stake.

The ODM leader said that a section of the political class is hell-bent in pushing the country to the edge for their selfish interests.

“Already drums of war are being sounded and it is easy to tell how it will end. We have to decide whether we want violence after every election cycle. We have to decide whether we want elections or civil wars every five years,” said Raila.

Instead, he called for a more sober approach during the election period to avoid loss of lives and resources.

“Elections must cease being civil wars. BBI seeks to usher in an electoral system where every vote is counted and every vote counts. This country comes to a standstill and loses billions…jobs and lives every election year due to violence. The trumpets of war are being sounded and it is easy to tell how it will end,” said Raila.

In taking a cue from President Uhuru Kenyatta’s promise to give car loan to the Ward representatives, Raila backed the proposal saying it was long overdue.

“If MPs receive Sh7 million car grant why will it be a crime and you are the people who are in contact with the people?” the ODM boss posed.

While drumming up support for the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) the former Prime Minister said he was pushing for a seven-year tax break for the youth to ensure they are stable enough after setting up businesses.

Raila did not fail to throw asalvo at his political nemesis Deputy President William Ruto saying that wheelbarrows are not the solution to the problems facing the youth especially in the 21st century.

“I am yet to see our opponents provide better alternatives than those presented by the BBI…I do not believe our solutions should be discarded and be replaced with wheelbarrows,” said Raila.

The opposition leader rallied the party’s Members of the County Assemblies (MCAs) to approve the Supreme law change bill.

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