GETTING READY FOR 2022

Raila to tour Mudavadi turf on Friday

He will woo residents to back his presidential bid and sell Azimio la Umoja campaign

In Summary

• His tour is set to strengthen his party in Vihiga, a region where ANC party boss Musalia Mudavadi comes from.

• Raila has been seeking to strengthen his backing in Western as he prepares for the presidential race.

ODM leader Raila odinga in Hamisi subcounty
ODM leader Raila odinga in Hamisi subcounty
Image: MARTIN OMBIMA

ODM leader Raila Odinga is expected to tour Vihiga county on Friday to woo residents to back his presidential bid and sell Azimio la Umoja campaign.

His tour is also set to strengthen his party in Vihiga, a region where ANC party boss Musalia Mudavadi comes from.

ODM secretary general Edwin Sifuna said, “ODM party leader will have a stopover in Luanda town to address residents.”

Luanda CDF manager Silvia Asango told the Star on the phone, “The party leader’s convoy will start from Rowdy to Khwiliba where ​he ​is set to commission a new school that has been set up using the NG-CDF kitty. He will then address residents.”

Raila has been seeking to strengthen his backing in Western as he prepares for the presidential race. He recently led his ODM delegation to Kakamega, where he met with 16 MPs, five governors and over 30 MCAs. Last weekend, Raila was in Bungoma county.

Last month, leaders from the Luhya community made their demands to  Raila as a condition to support his presidential bid in 2022.

MPs Emmanuel Wangwe (Navakholo) and Bernard Shinali (Ikolomani) urged Raila to use the handshake with President Uhuru Kenyatta to push for development in the region.

Wangwe sent the former Prime Minister to ask Uhuru to revive the sugar industry, give Kaimosi and Alupe universities full charters and complete stalled roads.

Shinali said Luhyas will support Raila if he pushes for development in the region. He said Western residents want a gold refinery built in Kakamega.

Raila is also set to make a major tour of DP Ruto’s backyard next week to woo the region to support him next year. He is set to make his first stop in Turkana where he is expected to meet ODM delegates and address residents.

He will then head to Eldoret to meet party delegates from West Pokot, Uasin Gishu, Elgeyo Marakwet and Nandi counties.

The Azimio la Umoja brigade will thereafter head to Nakuru for similar meetings and will be joined by delegates from Kericho and Bomet.

Raila will also be looking forward to getting a share of the 4.6 million votes in the region.

Edited by A.N