– Raila said politicians who capitalized on corruption and disunity are against the unity pact
– The former prime minister said Kenya's diversity can be a curse if tribalism is not countered
– He revealed he decided to work with Uhuru after reflecting on the status of the country
– The opposition leader reiterated building bridges initiative's sole purpose id to build a stable Kenya
Opposition leader Raila Odinga has said the Building Bridges Initiative he is spearheading with President Uhuru Kenyatta is facing a lot of opposition from individuals who benefited from historical injustices.
Raila said this when he delivered a speech at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom (UK) on Tuesday, May 15, where he addressed members of the institution's debating society.
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Speaking about the unity pact he signed with Uhuru, Raila said the initiative, though noble and necessary, would face a lot of opposition from politicians who had grown their careers through oppressing others.
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"In Kenya, we agreed to recognize and confront the historical realities which we have long swept under the carpet in a bid to overcome impediments to our progress. We are not in any way deluded these changes will come easy. There will be opposition and resistance because the issues we want to tackle go to the core of how Kenya has been ran over the past five decades," said Raila.
According to the ODM leader, many political careers in Kenya had been founded on impunity, corruption and tribal divisions which were the main issues the initiative sought to eliminate.
"Some politicians have developed on foundations which we are now seeking to shake and rebuild. Many others were hoping to make careers out of that same foundation but we agreed we must these changes if we are to have a nation," explained Raila.
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The former prime minister observed he decided to end his dissent with Uhuru which had escalated after the Tuesday, August 8, 2017 elections following a lengthy reflection on the journey of Kenya from independence to now.
He said for Kenya to attain its treasured goals of unity, peace, justice, liberty and prosperity which freedom fighters died for, its performance needed to be reassessed and misplaced strategies done away with.
"This reflection made us to come to a conclusion that our diversity appeared would turn out to be a curse to us and our children if we don't confront our real challenges. We got concerned that millions of our children continued to be born, married and even die because of these differences yet Kenyans cannot remember why and where they disagreed in the first place," added Raila.
According to the opposition leader, the initiative is set focus on strengthening devolution, tackling corruption, marginalisation, divisive elections, insecurity and lack of national ethos which he acknowledged would not be an easy ride.
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TUKO.co.ke had earlier reported Raila jetted out of the country for a one week visit to the UK on Monday, May 14.
He explained that creating a stable nation was the primary purpose of the Building Bridges Initiative which offered an opportunity for a frank discussion about the questions which had bedeviled Kenya for decades.
"We see our agreement, which is now commonly referred to as the “handshake” as a possible guide that other African countries could borrow with modifications to address their circumstances. It is our hope that the Handshake could inspire other African nations struggling problems similar to Kenya’s," Raila said.
Raila's proposal for an amendment on the constitution to fulfill the unity initiative's goals had already faced opposition from many leaders among them Deputy President William Ruto.
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