Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga made a tour to Kisumu on Sunday, September 20 ahead of Deputy President William Ruto's planned visit.
Raila arrived at Kisumu Central ODM office where he addressed party delegates and was welcomed by a multitude of people in an area historically known as his backyard.
Ruto is reported to be planning a visit in the lakeside city with Nyanza Youth Movement for Ruto 2022 confirming that the Deputy President will make a tour in a few days to come.Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga (right) addresses the press at Capitol Hill on Thursday, August 27, 2020, as Robert Njura looks on.File
The ODM party leader while addressing residents of Kisumu highlighted how the rehabilitated Metre Gauge Railway and the Port of Kisumu will bring development to the region.
"We will be able to export goods to Mwanza, Musoma, Bukoba and Port Bell, which will then be supplied to Rwanda, Burundi and DR Congo.
"We are also bringing a special economic zone here which is going to bring a lot of industries around Kisumu, we are also going to create a corridor from Mombasa, Athi River, Naivasha and Kisumu," stated Raila.
The former Prime Minister added that the move will create a number of jobs in the region which will, in turn, lift the livelihoods of people.
Raila and Ruto have embarked on tours across the country with the DP focusing mainly on youth, women groups and pushing the hustler narrative.
The ODM party leader, on the other hand, has focused on the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) and backing the government to deliver on its development agendas.
During his tour to Kisumu, Raila continued with his attack on Ruto for branding himself a hustler and waging war on political dynasties.
"Kenya is much more than the hustler nation, the founding father of the nation was a pleasant and as he worked as a metre reader in Nairobi.
"Sacho in Baringo is a very simple village where people are poor, but Moi rose to become a President, Kibaki was also from a poor background but became the head of state," he added.
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