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BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,29TH MAY 2018-Opposition chief Raila Odinga on Tuesday met Business ma Cris Kirubi at his home in Nairobi and emphasized that he was committed to leaving a more cohesive and united Kenya at the time he quits politics.
Speaking during the meeting at Kirubi’s Loresho home,Odinga said the move was informed by his shake hands with President Uhuru Kenyatta in march.
The Opposition leader says they will work towards fostering unity among all tribes in the country, to an extent where an individual’s last name does not matter.
“If I can make the contribution in the next a few years to create the conditions of uniting this country, so that people will not feel as strangers in their own country; their name will not be a curse but a blessing… where every Kenyan will be able to move around the country and be able to realise their potential, I will feel that I have lived a useful life in our country and I will be happy to retire peacefully,” Odinga said.
On his part, Dr Kirubi lauded the two leaders for agreeing to work together saying this will firmly anchor their legacy in Kenya’s history.
Dr Kirubi said he was pleased that Odinga made the announcement at his residence.
“It is a very major pronouncement coming out at my house; President Uhuru has his four pillars for his legacy, your pillar is beyond some of these things. We have to bring Kenyans together. That is bigger than anything else you can deliver to Kenyans,” the businessman – who is the Chairman of Capital Group Limited – asserted.
Dr Kirubi said the country will attract more investors if they are guaranteed peace after every five years when Kenyans return to the ballot.
He challenged the two leaders to keep the eye on the goal and not lose track over 2022 General Election.
“Let us talk about that legacy and not about cheap politics of 2022,” Dr Kirubi said.
He told Odinga that being a son of Kenya he had a responsibility to create and develop a country taht future generations will be proud of which is a mark of a great leader he is.