President Uhuru Kenyatta has rallied youths across the country to support the ODM leader Raila Odinga in the August 9, presidential elections.
In a video circulating online on Friday, February 11, after President Uhuru hosted more than 3,000 youths from all the 47 counties, the president said he will be rooting for Azimio la Umoja.
“Ndio sisi tunaka hii Azimio ambayo itatuleta Pamoa. (That is why we all want this Azimio that will unite us together).” Uhuru said as youths cheered.
At some point, while singing and chanting, youths said Kenya can move without Deputy President William Ruto.(Yote yawezekana bila Ruto.yote yawezekana bila Ruto)
According to youths who attended the State House meeting, the head of state urged them to mobilize support for Odinga who is vying to succeed him under the Azimio la Umoja initiative.
“It was a very fruitful meeting, the president urged us to support Odinga as the best-suited candidate to succeed him,” a youth leader who attended the meeting told The Star Newspaper.
“He urged us to support the Azimio la Umoja caravan and that he trusts Raila to fortify the legacy that he has delivered between 2013-2022. He believes that Odinga is the right man. He has also rallied us to go forth and kill this hustler narrative,” another youth leader said.
Youths are among the majority in the country, and they constitute the largest voting block that is expected to influence the August election.
President Uhuru Kenyatta urged Kenyans to be accommodative of each other saying lack of political inclusivity had for a long time held back the country’s progress
“As the country prepares for this year’s election, President Kenyatta advised the youth to choose leaders who value their future and not those that are using them as a ladder for selfish wins,” State House reported.
Present during the meeting was Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru, Jubilee party Secretary-General Raphael Tuju, Kieni MP Kanini Kega, Kirinyanga Woman Rep Wangui Ngirici, nominated Senator Isaac Ngugi among others.