Prime Minister Raila Odinga on Saturday started his tour of the Coast region with a call to land owners to put idle land into proper use to improve their livelihood.
The PM said having idle land was of little economic gain. “Land owners should inject enough capital to add value to their property for them to draw maximum benefit from it,” he said.
He promised to ensure the residents would be issued with titles for their land. “For land to be economically viable, a lot of investment has to be done on it and that is why I am asking you not to go for the ones already developed like the sisal estates, which you have being raising issues about,” he said.
On the war against Somali insurgents al Shabaab, the PM said Kenya’s military had captured the Somali town of Ras Kamboni and was headed for Kismayu with the intention of dismantling the terror group’s network and its threat to Kenya. (READ: Kenyan forces capture Shabaab’s Ras Kamboni)
“Our tolerance should not be taken for weakness. That is why the Cabinet decided to take our military to Somalia to ensure that al Shabaab is wiped out.”
He said the military would not pull out of Somalia until al Shabaab is wiped out, he told a rally at Voi after touring several development projects and commissioning the Voi-Taveta road, which is earmarked for tarmacking.
On politics, the PM said his ODM was the only political party that could take over leadership of the country.
He said other parties had “disintegrated” and were now trying to regroup as new entities.
The PM said his quest for the presidency was on track and said his team was intact, save “for a few who have pulled out to join other political groupings”.
“I am prepared for the presidency because last time, those who presided over elections stole our victory. That is why we are constituting a new electoral body to ensure the right candidate wins without any dispute,” Mr Odinga said.
On the ODM elections scheduled for December, the PM urged party members not to recycle leaders but elect people of integrity who would steer the party ahead.
“Every sub-location will be required to elect 20 delegates from the youth, women and other groups from the location level all the way up to the national delegates conference,” he said.
On water, he said he would instruct the Water minister to allocate more funds for the construction of second Mzima Pipeline to supply the county with water.
Mombasa’s water comes from Mzima Springs in Taita Taveta county. The Prime Minister’s tour, which takes him to other counties in the Coast, will end on Monday.
At Saturday’s functions he was accompanied by Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi and ministers Otieno Kajwang’, Fred Gumo and Amason Kingi, assistant ministers Magerer Langat, Alfred Kang’ati, Calist Mwatela and Dan Mwazo.
MPs present were Omar Zonga of Msambweni, Nicholas Gunda of Bahari and Hassan Joho of Kisauni.