I’m fit for presidency, not too old to lead, Raila tells critics

The NASA flag bearer Raila Odinga has dismissed claims by his Jubilee Party rivals in the presidential race that he is not too old to lead.

He told President Uhuru Kenyatta and DP William Ruto should expect a humiliating defeat on August 8.

“Kenya’s founding father, the late Mzee Jomo Kenyatta, took over the leadership at a time when he was five years older than me.”

“He went on to rule for 15 years,” Raila, 72, said, “It is the brain and not age that determines if one is capable of ruling or not.”

The ODM leader told NASA supporters in the county, perceived as a Jubilee stronghold, that he will take the country to greater heights of development.

The opposition leader pledged to better the lives of poor Kenyans if NASA forms the next government.

He said: “Kenyans have endured five years of hardship and collapse of the economy due to Uhuru’s bad governance.”

“Right from the Coast, Western, Northern to South, every voter in this country has expressed dissatisfaction with Jubilee leadership.”

“All they (citizens) are waiting is to elect NASA and send Jubilee government home,” the ODM leader said.

Raila was accompanied by Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper), Musalia Mudavadi (ANC), Moses Wetangula (Ford Kenya) and Isaac Rutto (CCM).

He said in the past four years under Jubilee leadership, Kenya incurred Sh4 trillion foreign debt owing to uncontrolled borrowing.

Raila spoke at Kericho Moi Gardens after an extensive tour of the county.

He said NASA government will create 20,000 teaching jobs with better packages each year.

“We will lower prices of essential commodities like maize flour, milk and bus fare. The high cost had made life miserable for the common man,” he said.

“The big shift of Jubilee supporters to NASA in both North and South Rift, which is deputy president home turf, is an indication that Jubilee should prepare to go home after August 8,” Kalonzo said.

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