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Inside Raila Odinga’s Powerful Economic Think Tank that Wrote the Azimio Manifesto 

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Photo of ODM leader Raila Odinga while meeting governors in Naivasha. Image courtesy.

Azimio la Umoja flag bearer Raila Odinga assembled top brains in various fields to craft the Azimio manifesto in a bid to win the hearts on Kenyan voters. 

The former Premier plucked university dons from lecture halls, experts in public service, economists and political strategists to come up with the campaign document.

Mr. Odinga assembled a think tank consisting of Laikipia Governor Ndiritu Muriithi, governance specialist Prof. Karuti Kanyinga, Prof. Peter Wanyande, and Silvester Kasuku, the former director-general of the Lapsset Corridor Development Authority.

According to representatives of Azimio, the manifesto, which places a strong emphasis on the economic revolution and the battle against corruption, took six months to develop.

Prof. Kanyinga is a research professor of Development Studies at the University of Nairobi’s Institute for Development Studies (IDS), while Prof. Wanyande is a political scientist with over 30 years of university-level teaching experience.

According to his curriculum vitae posted on the University of Nairobi website, Prof. Wanyande has also worked for the government and regional organizations, such as the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad), and served as a commissioner with the Commission for the Implementation of the Constitution.

“I have been involved in manifesto development since 1992 and I can tell you this is by far the most-researched, well-thought out and most consultative manifesto that I have ever had the privilege to be part of.” 

” I have no doubt it will create the necessary transformation in the country. We had retreats in Nairobi, Naivasha, and Mombasa that culminated into the 10-point agenda. The candidate (Raila) was involved in all these deliberations and was the driver in every stage in this project that took nearly a year,” Governor Muriithi told the Nation Newspaper. 

The views gathered at the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) town hall sessions were included in the Azimio manifesto, according to ODM chairman John Mbadi.

“There were technical people, then there were a few of us who were there to give the political touch. The document belongs to the candidate and his running mate because those who were involved were assigned by the candidate,” said Mbadi.

Also Read: Why President Uhuru’s Hand in Azimio is Giving Ruto Camp Sleepless Nights

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