FOUR-DAY VISIT

Wanjigi starts Nyanza tour with call for 'economic revolution'

Says he's looking to make national cake bigger, rather than focusing on sharing it.

In Summary

• He urged Kenyans to support his rallying call for an economic revolution.

• Wanjigi said poor leadership was to blame for the current high cost of living where basic commodities are costly.

Presidential aspirant Jimmy Wanjigi while in Kisumu County said that his model is focused on how to bake a bigger cake for Kenya and not how the cake is shared.

ODM presidential aspirant Jimmy Wanjigi addresses the press at the Kisumu International Airport on September 16, 2021 as he began a four day tour of Nyanza region.
ODM presidential aspirant Jimmy Wanjigi addresses the press at the Kisumu International Airport on September 16, 2021 as he began a four day tour of Nyanza region.
Image: DANIEL OGENDO

ODM presidential aspirant Jimmy Wanjigi on Thursday said Kenyans' only hope for a better future lies in voting out the current crop of leaders.

He urged Kenyans to support his rallying call for an economic revolution that he said will ease the burden caused by poor leadership under Jubilee administration.

Wanjigi said poor leadership was to blame for the current high cost of living where basic commodities are costly.

“The current crop of leaders cannot spearhead any economic revolution because they are part of the problem. The first step of the revolution is to clean the house,” he said.

Speaking at the Kisumu International Airport as he began his four-day tour of Nyanza region, Wanjigi noted that a revolution is not about slogans but about how to achieve it for the benefit of Kenyans. 

He said he will visit Homa Bay, Migori, Siaya and Kisumu counties to drum up support for his bid and popularise the ODM party.

“I intend to pursue the ‘how to' not on governance issues such as corruption and inefficiency. I am not interested in how the cake is shared but how to bake a bigger cake,” he added.

The presidential hopeful said it is on the supply side to ensure every part of the country will improve on what it produces.

He promised to ensure the tenets of Article 43 of the Constitution on economic and social rights for all Kenyans are adhered to.

“Most Kenyans don’t know that they have rights guaranteed to them as citizens. These rights are not being adhered to,” Wanjigi said.

Kenyans, according to the politician, are entitled to free health, food and adequate and decent housing among others.

These, he said, are the things he will pursue and implement.

He accused President Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration of running down the country’s economy by implementing mega-projects that have led to high taxation but with little economic returns.

Wanjigi singled out the Standard Gauge Railway, terming it a white elephant.

“The project was a good idea but poorly executed that saw its operation costs increase to unsustainable levels. What they promised Kenyans and what is delivered are completely different and we are now paying dearly,” he said.

Wanjigi faulted the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority for burdening Kenyans with increased cost of fuel saying it was shameful and that the government was oppressing wananchi.

On Tuesday, EPRA announced new fuel prices that saw a litre of super petrol retailing at Sh134.72, Sh 115.82 for diesel and Sh110.82 for kerosene.

The prices increased by Sh7.58, Sh 7.94 and Sh 12.97 for super petrol, diesel and kerosene respectively.

 

 

Edited by CM