18 February 2013

Kenya: Cord Blazes Nairobi Campaign Trail

The Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) on Monday concentrated its campaigns in Nairobi, where presidential candidate Raila Odinga and running mate Kalonzo Musyoka led several luminaries in drumming up support for their bid.

The Prime Minister led the three pronged campaign blitz with rallies in Eastleigh, Jerusalem Shopping Centre (mini rally), Dandora Phase IV, Kayole-Komarock and later Mowlem where they held a joint rally.

Ford-Kenya leader Moses Wetangula began his campaign with two mini-rallies in Kawangware 56, Kangemi and a stop-over at Ruaraka- Baba Ndogo before joining Odinga and Musyoka at Mowlem for the joint rally.

Musyoka who was accompanied by Nairobi Senatorial candidate Margaret Wanjiru among other alliance leaders asked Kenyans not to gamble with their lives by voting a presidential candidate who is not committed to the full implementation of the new Constitution.

Musyoka said Kenyans have decided to vote for CORD led by Odinga and asked the city dwellers not to be left out, but instead to join the winning team.

He attributed CORD's popularity with Kenyans to its commitment to fight tribalism; a vice he said had continued to hamper national unity and development.

Musyoka addressed supporters at Imara Daima, Embakasi Village, Quarry, Mukuru kwa Njenga, and Mukuru Kayaba before joining Odinga and other luminaries for a joint rally at Mowlem, Dandora.

He reiterated that he decided to shelf his presidential ambitions and support Odinga in CORD in order to demonstrate that national unity is more important than an individual's interests.

"Kenyans have made up their minds that the only way to eradicate tribalism is through voting for the CORD leadership come the March 4 elections. I am therefore urging you to come out and take part in transforming Kenya on March 4 by casting your vote for CORD," he said.

The Vice President said time had come for the country to embrace true reforms, and put in place a system that can address the challenges that have plagued the country, such as poverty, negative ethnicity, and unemployment.

He promised that a CORD leadership will create jobs, improve infrastructure and provide seed money for the youth to engage in business.

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