After Jubilee, ODM endorsement, Raila heads to Nakuru

ODM leader Raila Odinga and Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui addressing residents of Soko Mjinga in Nakuru town on January 23, 2022.[Kipsang Joseph, Standard]

Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and the Azimio la Umoja Brigade will drive through Nakuru County today in another vote hunt ahead of the August elections.

It will be Raila’s first rally since it was endorsed last Saturday by the ODM and President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee Party at their respective conferences of delegates. Inside sources say Raila will visit Kisii, Nyamira, Machakos, Bungoma and Busia counties later this week.

Nakuru County ODM Chairman Bernard Miruka said everything was ready for the tour to meet the people of Raila and other national figures. “We urge residents to turn out in large numbers in Molo, Elburgon, Njoro and Nakuru to build support for Raila’s presidential bid,” Mr Miruka said.

He said the rally was open to everyone as part of the Azimio la Umoja movement. “We are proud of the diversity of our county. We have supporters from different political parties in Nakuru and all are urged to show solidarity with Raila and listen to his politics,” Miruka said.

Raila launched the Azimio la Umoja roadmap in Nakuru in August 2021 before taking it to the rest of the counties. He also made several other visits to the county this year.

Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui and his Ndiritu Muriithi of Laikipia are among the leaders expected to accompany Raila on his forays into Nakuru.

Separately, Kinyanjui, who launched the Ubuntu People’s Forum party, which backs Raila’s presidential candidacy, hosted the ODM leader in Nakuru. “Our people are peace-loving and welcoming to all. We will be part of the campaigns and support the Ubuntu spirit. Nakuru needs to be part of the national conversation,” Kinyanjui said.

The county elders, led by Waweru Ng’ang’a, who accompanied the Nakuru ODM chairman, urged the leaders who will accompany the former prime minister to ensure they preach peace during the campaigns.

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Steven L. Nielsen