Azimio Movement leader Raila Odinga on Friday celebrated his 77th birthday in pom and color at the Bomas of Kenya, with a message of hope to the Kenyan youth- whom he described as his biggest army on the race to State House.
Flanked by family, friends, and political allies, the former prime minister arrived at the venue together with his wife Ida Odinga at about 11.30 am and proceeded to cut the cake at 11:47 am, with the timing symbolizing the 47 counties.
The birthday cake was five-layered with the four layers representing the presidencies of Jomo Kenyatta, Daniel Moi, Mwai Kibaki and the fifth representing his fifth quest to be Kenya’s president.
”To the youth of Kenya, I am telling them that they ought to stand up and be counted. We are beginning the third liberation, which is the economic liberation of our country. I Want the youth to play the centre role in this liberation,” Odinga said.
In his speech, Raila urged the youth to back him for the country’s top job, saying if elected, his administration will respect the youth.
“My administration will respect everyone and there will no discrimination,” he said.
Raila said that the people who fought for independence were mainly young people. “We have a new constitution but it has not achieved the vision our forefathers had for this country,” he added.
The event, attended by elected leaders from ODM, Jubilee, and other dignitaries also saw Mr. Odinga hit out at DP William Ruto over his millions of shillings of donations every weekend, saying the monies being dished out by the DP were proceeds of corruption.