Wa Iria casts down Odinga's Sh6,000, says a cow is more valuable

Wa Iria has said each household should be given a cow to eliminate poverty

Gorvenor Mwangi Wa Iria

Chama cha Usawa party leader and Murang’a Governor Mwangi Wa Iria has conveyed his intention to give each household a cow as he vies for president.

Wa Iria, who is serving his second and final term as governor, criticised Deputy President William Ruto's Bottom-Up economic model and Raila Odinga’s idea to give Sh6,000 monthly social security fund to needy families - saying a cow has more value to Kenyan households.

“Usawa kwa Wote party is drafting a bill that will ensure every Kenyan has a cow. A cow is a rich investment. You don’t have to give every household Sh6,000 a month,” the governor said.

Speaking to the media at his party's headquarters, Wa Iria also cast down the notion that the 2022 presidential election centres on two leaders, ODM party leader Raila and Dr Ruto.

“People have a couple of votes there, and they are calling themselves horses. Yet we have over 10 million votes. There is no way people with two million votes can classify themselves as horses, and want to get us out of the game.

"Before Raila and Ruto declared their intentions, they went back home to consolidate their votes and found them few. They are coming for votes from our region. Our people are not for auction," Wa Iria said.

He said the Usawa party was embarking on a national registration for those seeking elective posts in the August polls.

Governor Wa-Iria noted that his party is not affiliated with any other party, defining it as a coalition of voters.

He also urged those that are seeking alternative parties to join his party saying it is equity-driven and those uncomfortable in their parties should join him.

“I am opening the party to Kenyans and to everyone who ascribes to equity. If you feel you are not treated well in your party, join Usawa,” he said.

Prior to joining the world of politics, Wa Iria was the Managing Director of the Kenya Co-operative Creameries (KCC), which perhaps explains the idea behind his party logo and his manifesto.

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