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Sunday, 26 Mar 2017 20:04 EATnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.com
ODM leader Raila Odinga basked in the glory of popularity and cemented his position as the first among equals with ODM's rally in Tononoka, Mombasa, where party leaders and loyalists from the Coastal region fell short of declaring the automatic NASA presidential candidate.
With Mr Odinga's allies in the opposition coalition away at a different event, coastal leaders including Mombasa women representative Mishi Mboko and governors Hassan Joho (Mombasa), Amason Kingi (Kilifi) and John Mruttu (Taita Taveta) declared Mr Odinga as the most suitable NASA candidate.
At the end of the rally, the ODM leader committed to five agenda items that he said would transform the coastal economy and Kenya as a whole should he win the presidency. The former PM's statement of purpose is carried hereunder.
"As the Party Leader of the Orange Democratic Movement, I take cognizance of the deep and weighty resolutions of the #PwaniDeclaration and commit to:
1. Fully implement the Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Report within 100 days.
2. Respect the institution of the National Land Commission and create the space necessary for the Commission to deliver on their constitutional mandate.
3. Devolve at least 47 percent of national revenue to County Governments regardless of political affiliation to allow them deliver services at the grassroots.
4. Facilitate the passage of an Amended Natural Resources Bill stating that at least 15 percent of local natural resource revenue remain at the counties.
5. Facilitate the establishment of a Health Service Commission."