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September 21, 2017

Worrying silence: No NASA legislator drums up support for Raila in Western – Why?

Nasa leaders Kalonzo Musyoka, Raila Odinga and Musalia Mudavadi leave the IEBC offices at Anniversary Towers, Nairobi, on Tuesday. They were to meet electoral bosses and Jubilee but JP was late and the meeting was scrapped /MONICAH MWANGI
Nasa leaders Kalonzo Musyoka, Raila Odinga and Musalia Mudavadi leave the IEBC offices at Anniversary Towers, Nairobi, on Tuesday. They were to meet electoral bosses and Jubilee but JP was late and the meeting was scrapped /MONICAH MWANGI

There are no signs of campaigns for NASA presidential candidate Raila Odinga in Western, with only 32 days to the October 17 repeat presidential election.

Virtually all governors, senators, MPs and MCAs elected on NASA affiliates’ tickets — Ford Kenya, ODM, ANC and Wiper — have gone silent since the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission announced the date for the rematch.

NASA principals Senator Moses Wetang’ula and Musalia Mudavadi have not visited the region. On September 1 the Supreme Court nullified President Uhuru Kenyatta’s reelection and ordered a fresh election.

Unconfirmed reports indicate some of NASA’s first-time MPs and senators may have been induced by Jubilee to go slow on campaigning for Raila or to covertly seek votes for the ruling party.

Only former Kakamega Senator and Ford Kenya deputy leader Boni Khalwale has come out to campaign.

He held a rally in Kakamega town on Friday to drum up support for Raila.

Political analyst Martin Oloo said NASA assumes people in Western are still solidly with them.

He said the opposition is focusing on areas invaded by Jubilee on August 8.

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