Raila: Baby Pendo’s incident was last

Orange Democtratic Movement party leader Raila Odinga says Kenya should never again witness violence during and after any General Election.

Raila said on Thursday while on tour with President Uhuru Kenyatta in Kisumu.

According to Odinga, changes in the proposals in the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report will transform the face of the country.

“We have said that we would like to see a smooth election without violence nor tear gas to demonstrators.” Said Raila.

He added “We’ve said that the death of Baby Pendo would be the last, there would be no similar incidents in the upcoming elections.”

He was referring to Baby Pendo who was killed by police on August 11, 2017, during post-election violence after the Supreme Court annulled President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election.

On his part, President Kenyatta, who is commissioning development projects in Kisumu together with Raila, addressed residents at the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Recreational Center.

He drummed up support for the BBI, saying it will help the youth as well as settle gender imbalance during elections.

“What is the problem with allowing HELB loanees to pay loans only when they get jobs? What is the problem with achieving the two-third gender rule? Is it wrong to give our young people loans to start their own businesses?” President Uhuru posed.

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