The former Prime Minister said if he fails as a leader to deliver to his assurances, he will neither move the goalposts nor invent excuses but will admit that his dreams have failed hence he would resign as president and let any other person try.
Speaking during a public lecture at the University of Nairobi on Tuesday, September 7, Raila who has been pushing for the resignation of Deputy President William Ruto said he would follow in the footsteps of former Tanzanian President Julius Nyerere who resigned for not delivering on his pledges.
“In the event that I fail as a leader to deliver what I promise, I will not invent excuses. I will not move the goalposts. I will do what Mwalimu Nyerere did in Tanzania. I will admit that my experiment and dreams failed and I will let somebody else try,” Raila said.
Raila who is perceived to be President Uhuru Kenyatta’s preferred successor made the commitment on a day he tore into William Ruto’s “hustler narrative” and the bottom-up economic model.
He poked holes at William Ruto’s hustler narrative terming it as not only retrogressive but also unrealistic as it promised youth jobs of yesteryears in a fast-changing world.
He further discredited Ruto’s “Kazi ni Kazi” slogan terming it an attempt to hold back the youth from attaining their full potential in the digital era.
“People who were promised digital jobs, who were promised knowledge-based economy, who were promised double-digit economic growth, are now being offered wheelbarrows and being told Kazi ni Kazi,” Odinga said in an apparent reference to William Ruto’s campaign approach which seeks to appeal to the ordinary Kenyan.