NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 4 – Prime Minister Raila Odinga has launched his campaign website as he seeks to connect with more voters in the run up to the March 2013 election.
Odinga who is the ODM presidential flag bearer is facing stiff competition to become Kenya’s fourth president and his website includes comprehensive reports and pictures on his life and times as well as records of his achievements since he came into the public limelight after the 1982 failed military coup on now retired President Daniel arap Moi’s government.
“Good evening, allow me to take a picture of you so that I can post it to show the world this event,” he started his speech to guests at the launch event.
The Premier pointed out the site which is free, will allow him the chance to dialogue and share ideas with a majority of Kenyans.
“Mine will be a ‘listening’ presidency. I want to hear your views, so that I know what you want, so that I can try to fulfill your needs, as you have expressed them. At the same time, I can make you privy to my thinking on the urgent issues that affect us all. When you tweet I will tweet back,” Odinga told the guests.
“We need to reason together to define the country we want and the leadership that will take us to the land of our dreams,” he stressed.
At the same time, Odinga challenged Kenyans to protect the on-going reforms, in the wake of deliberate attempts to derail the process.
“We have lately heard revisionists telling us that it does not matter how much blood was shed, how many families were broken, how many people disappeared and how many young students went to jail and lost their dreams for university degrees so that this new constitution may be born,” he said.
“The forces of status quo are telling us that what matters is that now that we have a new Constitution, it does not matter how it came and we should trust anybody with it,” he stated.
“They are telling us that now that the reforms are here, anybody alive and in politics is a reformer and can be trusted. I disagree! These are issues I want us to stay engaged on.”
He expressed fears that a section of the political class wanted the new Constitution amended to suit their selfish interests because they were uncomfortable with the new order.
Odinga stated; “We must be aware that their sole objective is to reverse our national gains. This is their only election agenda. “
In a veiled attack to the G7 political alliance, Odinga cautioned Kenyans that the grouping made up of former ally William Ruto, Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta, Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka and Eugene Wamalwa is not interested in providing leadership.
The Premier alluded to a statement that both Kenyatta and Ruto have been quoted as saying while addressing political gatherings saying, ‘we must work together to block this and that candidate.’
“For the first time in our history, blocking one presidential candidate has become an entire election agenda,” stated Odinga.
Narc-Kenya’s Martha Karua who has also tossed her hat in the presidential race launched her campaign on Wednesday.