ODM presidential ticket contender Jimi Wanjigi now says that the time has come for party leader Raila Odinga to exit active politics. Wanjigi said that Odinga was a Kenyan hero who had sacrificed greatly for the freedom that Kenya enjoy today but the country needs fresh leadership for the next phase. “My friend Raila is a hero of the Second Liberation but his time is up,” said Wanjigi. He named Deputy President William Ruto and former Vice Presidents Kalonzo Musyoka and Musalia Mudavadi among those who should retire from active politics. “There are those who have been in power for more than 30 years – my good friends Musalia Mudavadi, Kalonzo Musyoka and William Ruto – all belong there. They have nothing new to offer and its time for fresh leadership in the nation,” said Wanjigi.
He said that Kenya was beset by many problems – ranging from social to economic – some of which had emanated from current and previous leadership. He asked Kenyans to support his bid for the presidency because it was premised on the desired to spur an economic revolution to restore the dignity of the Kenyan people. Wanjigi said that due to these problems, which he equated to the biblical Goliath, it was the time for new leadership, which he equated to the Biblical David. “I have looked at police reports of the suicide rates from Nyeri and Mt Kenya region. Between April and August, half of suicides reported in the country came from this region. There is something seriously wrong which should even be declared a national disaster,” he said. “The Church, the State and society in general must come together to address these problems “ said Wanjigi.