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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

'We mean business': Raila banking on Nyanza, Western for 10 million votes

NASA principals Isaac Rutto (Bomet Governor, Chama Cha Mashinani), Kalonzo Musyoka (DP candidate Wiper), Raila Odinga (flag bearer, ODM), Musalia Mudavadi (Amani National Congress) and Moses Wetang'ula (Bungoma Senator, Western Kenya) during their rally at Gusii Stadium, May 17, 2017.
NASA principals Isaac Rutto (Bomet Governor, Chama Cha Mashinani), Kalonzo Musyoka (DP candidate Wiper), Raila Odinga (flag bearer, ODM), Musalia Mudavadi (Amani National Congress) and Moses Wetang'ula (Bungoma Senator, Western Kenya) during their rally at Gusii Stadium, May 17, 2017.

NASA flag bearer Raila Odinga has insisted that he will get more than 10 million votes in his fourth attempt to rule Kenya.

Raila vied in 1997, 2007 and 2013. He will make another attempt with Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka as his running mate.

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Raila said the National Super Alliance has taken measures to ensure 95 per cent voter turnout in Nyanza and Western, which are strongholds.

"When we say that we will get more than 10 million votes, we are not joking. We mean business," he said at Gusii Stadium on Wednesday.

But he expressed worry following the numbers of voters who turned up for the 2013 general election.

"We have approximately 2.7 million votes in Nyanza and we want to garner 2.5 million. In Western, out of the 1.9 million we want 1.5 million. We want to get majority votes from Nairobi, Coast and Nairobi," said the Opposition chief.

"In Kisii and Nyamira counties, Uhuru got more than 25 per cent. I want party stalwarts to ensure Jubilee is completely locked out of Kisii."

But Professionals and elders from Ukambani and the Coast have agreed to rally behind President Uhuru Kenyatta and DP William Ruto who want a second term.

Health CS Cleopa Mailu told more than 150 delegates at Maanzoni lodge at the weekend that there is no doubt regarding the development Uhuru has steered.

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Raila further said NASA will win majority seats in Kisii and Nyamira counties but warned against infighting among affiliate parties.

"Our enemy is Jubilee Party. We should not fight amongst ourselves," he noted.

The ODM leader revealed that once the voters roll is published, NASA will print and send it to every polling station for purposes of voter mobilisation.

"The committee will ensure that even the sick vote because every vote counts," he said.

Raila was with Kalonzo, co-principals Moses Wetangula (Bungoma Senator, Ford Kenya), Musalia Mudavadi (Amani National Congress) and Isaac Rutto (Bomet Governor, Chama Cha Mashinani). Others were governors Okoth Obado (Migori), James Ongwae (Kisii), John Nyagarama (Nyamira) and several MPs.

The NCIC earlier warned against zoning and the projection of votes saying this will lead to violence, should the finally tally not match.

"The trend by our political parties, where leaders are dropping numbers like 10 million votes while others are saying they will garner more than this, sets a bad precedent," he stated.

Read: Zoning, vote projections will spark violence, Kaparo warns politicians


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