26 January 2013

Kenya: Raila Hunts for Votes in Ruto's Backyard

Prime Minister Raila Odinga will this weekend take his campaigns to Eldoret and parts of the North Rift region. Speaking to the Star on the phone, ODM chairman Henry Kosgey said preparations for the visit had been finalised.

Kosgey said the PM will meet with the elders and other community leaders, who have prepared a memorandum to give to Raila. He said ministers from the Kalenjin community allied to the PM will lead the Cord campaigns.

Friends of Raila lobby group chairman Micah Kigen chaired a meeting in Eldoret town yesterday with North Rift ODM leaders and aspirants.

The leaders came up with a list of issues which they hand over to the PM. The leaders want Raila to commit himself to the issues raised in their MoU if he is elected on March 4. elections.

Sources said one of the demands is the appointment of a chief secretary from Rift Valley. The leaders said since they missed out on the position of a running mate, the region should be considered for the chief secretary's job.

Kigen said Fora will campaign for the Cord alliance so that it bags the majority of votes the region. "All systems have been put in place to ensure Cord gunners the most votes," said the Fora chairman. URP leader William Ruto and Uhuru Kenyatta's running mate in the Jubilee alliance enjoys massive support in the region.

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