The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Raila Leads Cord Team for Kisii Rally Today

CORD leader Raila Odinga will today lead a rally at the Gusii Stadium in Kisii town ahead of Monday's Saba Saba at Uhuru Park.

The coalition's political affairs officer Maseme Machuka yesterday said preparations were in top gear and residents mobilised to attend.

He said Raila, former Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka and Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang'ula are expected to land at Kisii at 10am.

Machuka said after the Kisii rally, the leaders will head to Busia and Ugunja for more rallies in the afternoon.

He said the coalition will hold final rallies in Kisumu and Machakos on Saturday and Sunday.

"The leaders are expected to land at Kisii Sports Club and head straight to the stadium for the rally," Machuka said.

On June 20, Raila cancelled Nakuru and Kisii rallies to mourn those who were killed at Mpeketoni and allow Kisii ODM leaders time to campaign for the party candidate Oroo Oyioka in the June 23 Bonchari by-election.

Oyioka lost to Ford People's Zebedeo Opore.

Raila said he pushed the rally to today to not only call for national dialogue but also celebrate Oyioka's expected win.

Separately, Kitutu Masaba MP Timothy Bosire and his South Mugirango counterpart Manson Nyamweya said the myriad of challenges facing the country will only be solved if the government agrees to a national dialogue with the opposition.

Speaking to the Star on the phone yesterday, Bosire and Nyamweya said insecurity, corruption, tribalism and devolution are some of the issues that need be addressed.

Bosire said any serious Kenyan in the opposition or government should be at the fore front to find solutions to the country's problems.

He said the problems cannot be handled by President Uhuru and Deputy President William Ruto alone.

"For the country to provide for its people, solutions are required to be at par with countries like Malasyia and Singapore," Bosire said.

Nyamweya said Raila is not fighting for selfish gains but for the entire Kenyan populace.

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