ODM leader Raila Odinga has appealed to residents of the Mt Kenya region to embrace the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) arguing that it has tremendous benefits for them.

Speaking during an interview with a local vernacular TV station on Monday, Odinga noted that if his name is the problem, then Mt Kenya residents should delink him from BBI and support it.

“Opportunities have wings, if they are not taken, they fly away. I appeal to the region to remove Raila in BBI and see the gains it seeks to introduce in that region,” he said.

Odinga used the interview to reiterate that BBI is meant to benefit Kenyans and has nothing to do with his future political ambitions.

"BBI is not about me, it’s for a better Kenya which entails bringing stability and a peaceful working environment for any Kenyan without tribe or ethnicity," he noted.

Regarding claims that his handshake with President Kenyatta disrupted Jubilee’s agenda, Odinga noted that the handshake is one of the best things that happened to Kenya as it restored peace in the country.

"Those claiming that the handshake stopped Jubilee government from performing its mandate are dreaming, the country was in chaos following the aftermath of 2017 general elections, the country experienced tension and economic sabotage when our supporters resisted some products from some companies but things resumed when we greeted each other," he opined.