Raila Embarrassingly Cornered as His Remark About Kwale is Found to be a Lie


ODM leader Raila Odinga's remarks earlier in the day have come back to haunt him, following his calls upon Kenyans to embrace his 'made in Kenya' campaign.

The leader, who is eyeing the presidency in the 2022 general elections, has been pushing for empowerment of locals, saying that this way, they can produce what is currently being imported.

On Wednesday, the veteran politician touched on coconut products, claiming that majority are imported yet fellow Kenyans from the Coast, specifically Kwale county, can produce them locally.

"I was challenged to explain my position that we can have MADE IN KENYA products if we focused on transforming rural areas and developing SKILLS. I have accepted that challenge and, today, I will pick just what one county has that we could develop. The county of KWALE," he said in a statement on his social media.

He proceeded to explain how the Digo and Duruma communities of Matuga, Lunga Lunga and Msambweni constituencies can do this job, in line with his push for transformation of rural areas.

But he has been cornered only hours later, with economist David Ndii telling him that his remark is incorrect, as Kwale is already doing what he says he wants to help it do if elected in 2022.

In a tweet, Ndii has cited Kenstate, a range of coconut products produced in the same county, in an apparent bid to discredit the former Prime Minister, who sees to have kicked off his 2022 campaigns.

"Kentaste range of coconut products are manufactured by Kwale Coconut Processors Ltd. They are available countrywide," said the economist, formerly an ally of the former Prime Minister.

Ndii is among ex associates of the leader who have parted ways with him, and is currently working with Deputy President William Ruto, another 2022 hopeful.

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