Reject current crop of leaders in 2022 election, Wanjigi demands

Sunday, September 19th, 2021 00:00 |
Businessman Jimi Wanjigi. Photo/PD/Courtesy

Kepher Otieno

Businessman Jimi Wanjigi wound up his four-day tour of the Nyanza region yesterday with a call for replacement of the current crop of politicians.

Wanjigi argyed that what Kenya needs most is an economic revolution and not change of laws to cater for certain interests.

He was addressing more than 300 delegates of ODM at Wigot Gardens in Kisumu County.

Commenting on the high cost of fuel, the businessman accused MPs for passing laws which impact negatively on mwananchi.

“I am calling on Kenyans to reject them come 2022 general election,” he said. 

Wanjigi also called for review of the Energy and Petroleum Act 2019, which gives the regulator powers to increase fuel prices at will.

“We want the government to urgently review the cost of energy which has a great knock-on effect on the food basket and household income,” he said.

Yesterday, about 23 MCAs from Migori county led by Rongo Central MCA Maende Ogweno apologised to Wanjigi over a Friday incident in which his motorcade was stoned in the county.

“We are sorry to what happened in Migori and apologise on behalf of all Migori people,” said Ogweno.

But Wanjigi expressed satisfaction with the reception by ODM delegates during his tour of Migori, Siaya, Homa Bay and Kisumu counties.

“I was highly welcomed in all places I visited,” he said.

Wanjigi was, however, blocked from holding a meeting at the Kisumu Central ODM office in the afternoon because another meeting convened by lawyer Tom Ojienda was already scheduled for the venue.

He said his mission in Nyanza was not to undermine ODM leader Raila Odinga but to consolidate the party’s support. 

“I am here in Nyanza not as an enemy of the people by virtue of running for president, but as a life member of the Orange party founded on strong democratic tenets and values,” he said.

Wanjigi wondered why a section of ODM party officials were apprehensive about his intention to seek the party’s nomination to run for president.

“Our party believes in internal democracy and so there is no need to be jittery.

We will run the race and ultimately, it is the close to 3,000 ODM delegates who will decide who is their best bet for the ticket. At the moment we have to campaign,” he said. 

During his tour, Wanjigi asked local residents to consider him as their own and back his bid for president.

“I am presenting myself to you...I know the sovereign power rests in your hands, and you will give us a fair judgment,” he said after meeting delegates from Siaya county.

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