Raila’s passionate plea to the Meru community

Raila said that the more they listened to the people, the more they learnt that their problems, dreams, fears and aspirations were not any different from those from the other parts of Kenya.

Cord leader Raila Odinga speaking when he addressed a crowd in Maua, Meru County in a past rally.

“We are here to sell our policies as NASA and invite the people of Meru and Tharaka Nithi and all Kenyans to join the push for lasting change that is gathering momentum across the nation, propelled by a shared feeling that the nation is sick and needs a cure,” Raila said.

Divisive politics

He warned that these were the times some politicians will tell the people that “so and so is not one of us, is not circumcised, is not fit to lead and will punish our people if he or she ascends to power” and said that they were there to urge a total rejection of politics of that kind.

“The cost of living is high for all Kenyans. The Kikuyu or Meru or Embu or Kalenjin are not paying lower prices for unga, bus fare, house rent because they voted Jubilee. They are not getting better security because they voted Jubilee. They are not paying lower school fees. All Kenyans are suffering the same fate. The people struggling to find markets for Miraa here in Meru voted for Jubilee,” Raila said.

Miraa farming

The Nasa leaders blamed the Jubilee government for the plight of miraa farmers, who they said were suffering in the wake of a ban on miraa sales in European markets and called for the miraa task force appointed by Uhuru to be disbanded since it had failed to resuscitate the sector’s growth.

“Miraa farmers are seriously suffering. We as NASA will ensure that we get new markets,” Raila said as he publicly chewed miraa to the delight of supporters at the rallies.

The Nasa leader said that the miraa farmers were not any different from the fishermen in Nyanza who live with the reality of Chinese fish in the market and sugarcane farmers in western fighting Uganda sugar in the market or the maize and wheat farmers in the Rift Valley struggling with low prices because of cheap imports flooding the market.

“We appeal to the region to join and support the change and benefit from the cures we have. Nasa Tuna Dawa. We urge you to try it,” Raila said.

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