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Saturday, January 14, 2012
Job creation to be ODM’s main focus – Raila
FRIDAY, 13 JANUARY 2012 00:04 BY IBRAHIM ORUKO
PRIME Minister Raila Odinga yesterday hosted ODM grass root leaders from across the country and announced job creation will be the party's main focus in its attempt to win the general election later in the year. In what was clearly the start of his campaign for the party's ticket, Raila revealed that it was the dream of the party to improve the living standards of the majority of Kenyans by pulling them from abject poverty. “Our three enemies remain poverty, illiteracy and bad governance,” Raila told the delegates, while assuring them the country's future looks bright.
Raila cautioned the victors in the last party election against arrogance by asking their losers to quit the party and called for tolerance if our dream has to be realised”. He challenged the delegates to strive to popularise to enable it to control the national assembly, the senate and county assemblies through majority members. “The executive and parliament have been separated under the new constitution. Any president who will not control both houses will be a slave of the legislature. We must go out and control these institutions our legislative agenda is to succeed,” he said.
The ODM leader announced the party will soon hold hold the national Youth Congress followed by that of women, before holding the National Delegates' Convention where the party's presidential candidate will be elected. The party's deputy leader Musalia Mudavadi refuted claims that his candidature for the top job was being sponsored by the G7 and warned members to be steadfast in supporting the party. “Opinion polls are showing ODM is losing its favourite position among Kenyans. It is important we accept this and explore ways of rectifying the situation early enough.”