Mr Odinga said when he assumes power, his government will set aside some parcels of land from ADC farms and resettle squatters. “To end the suffering of the squatters my government will distribute land from ADC for their resettlement. We cannot live in a country where some Kenyans have no land to grow food”
The Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Alliance Presidential candidate Raila Odinga took his vote hunting campaigns to Trans Nzoia County from where he promised to resettle hundreds of squatters in the area on Agricultural Development Corporation (ADC) farms. Mr. Odinga said his administration will distribute state-owned land to landless Kenyans to end the suffering they are currently undergoing and make them productive.
He was speaking at Sibanga market, where he began his one-day campaign, he said when he assumes power, his government will set aside some parcels of land from ADC farms and resettle squatters. “To end the suffering of the squatters my government will distribute land from ADC for their resettlement. We cannot live in a country where some Kenyans have no land to grow food,” he said. He dismissed the pledge by his competitor DP William Ruto that squatters will be resettled on land purchased by the state.
He claimed that Ruto had the intention of securing public land he had illegally acquired and then distributing it to squatters citing the 15,000 acres of land he acquired illegally from ADC in Laikipia County. “My competitor plans to use public money to buy the same land he had illegally acquired from the government and then pocket the millions of shilling from such deals,” said Raila. To boost agriculture, especially in Trans Nzoia, the country’s food basket, the former PM said if elected, he will make agriculture affordable through the provision of subsidies. He said the cost of fertilizer will be dropped from the current Ksh. 5000 to Ksh. 2000 to support farmers increase production and earnings.
To bring down the cost of fertilizer, Mr. Odinga pledged to establish a fertilizer factory in the country, which he said will end importation. ‘’If elected, my government will make agriculture an affordable venture through the provision of subsidies to increase production and earnings to farmers” Odinga said. “We will establish a fertilizer factory to end importation,” he added. Urging residents to support his bid, Raila promised that he had solutions to the economic woes facing the country saying if he ascends to power he will bring down the cost of living. “Our big issue is poverty, ignorance, and disease and my government will be at the forefront to confront and overcome these challenges to free our people,” said Odinga. Each county, he said will benefit from the establishment of industrial parks, to create jobs for unemployed youths, and enable them to overcome the economic hardship.
“By making agriculture affordable and sustainable, more jobs will be created and the establishment of industrial parks in every county will tackle the unemployment problem,” he said. Apart from making agriculture affordable and sustainable, the venture and industrial parks will create job opportunities. The administration he pledged will focus on improving road infrastructure in the country, particularly in food-growing regions to boost agriculture activities. On health, Mr. Odinga assured residents that his administration will upgrade the Kitale County
Referral hospital to save locals from the high cost of traveling to Eldoret to seek specialized health services. “It is costly traveling to Eldoret to seek medical services, we will upgrade the Kitale County Referral Hospital to a level six facility to enable residents to access affordable health services,” he said. Mr. Odinga was accompanied by Defense Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa, Kakamega governor Wycliffe Oparanya, MPs Junet Mohammed, Caleb Amisi, and Raphael Wanjala.
Others were former cabinet ministers Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi, Dr. Noah Wekesa, Fred Gumo, former Gatanga MP Peter Kenneth, and ODM Secretary General Edwin Sifuna. The leaders addressed rallies at Kapkoi, Chepchoina, and Saboti. They were also expected to visit Kitale town. During the rallies, Mr. Odinga endorsed former Rift Valley Regional Commissioner George Natembeya as the alliance flag bearer for the gubernatorial contest. Kenneth and Eugene praise Mr. Odinga as the best bet for the country saying the former premier has made many sacrifices for the sake of Kenyans.