CAMPAIGN TRAIL

Raila maintains stance on debate, proceeds for rallies in Meru

Sifuna said Raila will be in Meru campaigning and won't attend the much-awaited debate.

In Summary

• Raila will be accompanied by his running mate Martha Karua and other leaders allied to the coalition.

• Ruto had cancelled his rallies scheduled for Tuesday to give him enough time to prepare for the presidential debate.

Raila Odinga speaks during campaigns in Nairobi on Saturday, July 16, 2022.
Raila Odinga speaks during campaigns in Nairobi on Saturday, July 16, 2022.
Image: RAILA ODINGA/TWITTER

Azimio presidential candidate Raila Odinga, who said he will not attend Tuesday's presidential debate, has taken his campaigns to Meru county.

He will be accompanied by his running mate Martha Karua and other leaders allied to the coalition.

His spokesman Makau Mutua had on Sunday said the coalition argued that having the candidates- DP William Ruto and Raila- on the same platform this year would be a bad idea.

Mutua claimed Ruto had issued his reservations telling the moderators not to focus on corruption and integrity- issues which Azimio wanted to take centre stage.

And on Tuesday, ODM Secretary General Edwin Sifuna said Raila will be in Meru campaigning and won't attend the much-awaited debate.

"As I sit here, I know that Raila Odinga is going to Meru to have engagement with the people there and in the evening we expect him back here for a town hall session in Jericho," he said on Citizen TV.

UDA presidential candidate William Ruto had cancelled his rallies scheduled for Tuesday to give him enough time to prepare for the presidential debate.

This was according to a Facebook post by the UDA digital strategist Dennis Itumbi.

"Ruto cancels all rallies scheduled for Tomorrow, Tuesday, 26th July, 2022. To enable him to prepare for the Presidential Debate," the post reads.

His Kenya kwanza presidential running mate Rigathi Gachagua will take his campaigns to Narok and Kajiado counties.

His itinerary will start at Uwaso, Ilasit, Loitoktok and Kimana town.

He will be accompanied by Kenya Kwanza principals and local leaders allied with the party.

Gachagua said they will be spelling out their bottom-up manifesto to steer the hustler nation forward to a great future.


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