Raila targets Agriculture, land issues in Trans Nzoia tour

ODM leader Raila Odinga addresses residents of Sibanga in Trans Nzoia east Sub County duting his tour of the region. Photo/ODM Party

​ODM leader Raila Odinga took his Azimio la umoja campaigns to Trans Nzoia County with a promise to offer solutions to a host of challenges hampering socioeconomic growth in the regionid elected president in 202.

Mr. Odinga who kicked off his tour at Sibanga market in Cherang’any constituency promised to subsidize farm inputs to cushion farmers from huge losses.

“We promise to ensure the cost of farming is reduced to offer farmers better returns out of their produce. We will also weed out cartels,” said the ODM leader.

He also promised to address the emotive land issue in the region with most of the landowners lacking land title deeds in addition to the squatter menace.

“We will put in place measures to ensure every land owner has a title deed through the national land titling programme. We will also ensure squatters are resettled” said Mr. Odinga.

The former prime minister also promised to prioritize healthcare services with a keen interest in boosting the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF).

“We will ensure no Kenyan is denied access to medical services on grounds of lacking medical fees. We will have special financing for poor Kenyans who can’t subscribe to monthly NHIF contributions,” said the ODM leader.

He once again reiterated the plan to set up a social welfare protection fund to offer cash transfer for needy families in the country through a stipend of sh 6,000 monthly.

“We will seal all the loopholes of corruption to have a special kitty that will go towards the social support programme. This has worked in several countries in the world and it can also work for us in Kenya,” said Mr. Odinga.

The former prime minister who addressed several stop overs in the five sub counties of Trans Nzoia all promised to champion for a united country with a keen observation on nationhood.

Saboti MP Caleb Amisi called on Mr. Odinga to also factor infrastructural development in the region as a key component of economic revival if he becomes president.

He was accompanied by Kakamega governor Wycliffe Oparanya, Marakwet’s Alex Tolgos, Saboti MP Caleb Amisi, nominated MP Godfrey Ososti, Ndaragua MP Jeremiah Kioni and a host of former MPs in the region.