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Raila heads to Nyanza, seeks to heal poll scars

Monday, February 4, 2013 - 00:00 -- BY DAVID MWERE

Prime Minister Raila Odinga starts his campaign tour of Nyanza today in a bid to build bridges after the shambolic ODM nominations. The PM will be accompanied by Cord coalition partners, Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka and Trade minister Moses Wetang'ula.

Raila will meet Cord candidates from the region to prevail on them not to split the region's vote. Kalonzo and Wetang'ula, who took Cord campaigns to their own back yards at the weekend, will join Raila in Cord's maiden tour of the region since its formation last December.

There were many protests in parts of Nyanza during the nominations. Nyanza is considered Raila's strong hold and anyone associated with him and his party is almost guaranteed of a win in the elections.

Acts of violence were wide spread in Homa bay, Siaya and Kisumu, prompting postponement and subsequent cancelling of nomination results by ODM's elections board.

A dispatch from the PM's presidential campaign secretariat says that the three principals will address campaign rallies in Kisii, Nyamira, Migori, Homa Bay and Siaya.

The entourage will make its first stop in Kisii and Nyamira today, where it is scheduled to hold mini rallies in different parts of the two counties, before addressing a major rally at the Gusii Stadium in Kisii town.

The team will travel to Kuria tomorrow for a major rally at Kehancha, with mini rallies to be addressed separately by Raila, Kalonzo and Wetang'ula. On Wednesday, the principals will move to Homa Bay and Siaya, where they will address rallies at the Homa Bay and Siaya stadiums.

Meanwhile, Sports minister Ababu Namwamba and outgoing Yatta MP Charles Kilonzo will lead the recently launched Cord Effect campaign team in Kisumu.

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