Raila Odinga has revealed India’s PM Narendra Modi pledged to support Kenya’s investment kitty if the ODM leader wins the presidency.
Mr. Odinga says Narendra Modi promised to contribute to an investment kitty he (Raila) will create if he wins the August 9 polls.
Raila has promised to establish a pool of capital from which Kenyans can borrow money to launch small enterprises.
According to the former prime minister, the repayment time will be lengthy, and debtors will not be required to return the debt until seven years have passed.
Raila claimed that he pitched the concept to Modi during his recent visit to India and that the prime minister was impressed.
“I recently met the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, [and told him about the long-term government loan project]. He said he will contribute to that kitty to help Kenyans,” Raila said during his address at Bamba Sokoni Grounds in Kilifi County on Saturday, February 19.
On his Twitter page on February 13, Modi said: “[I am] delighted to receive my friend H.E. Raila Amolo Odinga, former Prime Minister of Kenya. I fondly recollect my past interactions with him in India and Kenya. India and Kenya enjoy strong bilateral relations, and we welcome further strengthening of our ties.”
The ODM boss revealed the details while in Kilifi to popularise his presidential campaign under the Azimio La Umoja banner.
Raila says his social protection ideology borrows a lot from India and European nations.
In his speech in Kilifi, the ODM leader restated his promise to Kenyans that if he wins the presidential election, he will set aside a budget to provide a Sh6,000 monthly stipend from the government to low-income households.
“They are saying I’m lying, and that the government doesn’t have enough funds [to support the project]. I have served as Kenya’s prime minister, and I know where money is in government,” he said.
The ex-premier further said: “Unlike Deputy President William Ruto who made several promises in the lead-up to the 2013 and 2017 polls, but failed to execute them, I will ensure that I implement my plans fully.”
He christened the DP as Bwana Ahadi (loosely translated to mean “Mr promises)”.
The ODM boss also dismissed claims that his presidential bid is being sponsored by the President Kenyatta-led government.
“They are claiming that I am a State project. Can Raila Amolo Odinga be someone’s project? I stood with them (President Kenyatta and DP Ruto) when they were taken to The Hague, both in 2013 and 2017, until their cases were thrown out,” he said.