- ODM party Kisii branch executive Kerosi Ondieki said Odinga's visit is not linked to the ongoing anti-government protests.
- "For now he is coming to mourn the death of a supporter he dearly cherished," Ondieki said.
Azimio leader Raila Odinga will on Friday be in Kisii to attend burial even as he ups pressure on President William Ruto to act on rising inflation.
ODM party Kisii branch executive Kerosi Ondieki said Raila's visit is not linked to the ongoing anti-government protests.
"For now he is coming to mourn the death of a supporter he dearly cherished," Ondieki said.
Ondieki said the residents would join Raila in the protests from next week.
"Today he only communicated his intention to be here for the burial of the mother of Jackson Ontegi, former Kisii branch ODM branch executive at their Keumbu home in Nyaribari Chache," he said.
Raila's visit to Kisii comes in the backdrop of growing protests against President William Ruto who he accuses of failing to bring down the cost of living.
His visit coincides with the three-day tour of the president to Gusii to inspect development projects.
In Kisii, the president toured Nyaribari Chache where he commissioned the Sh1.6 billion Kegati water project funded by the Germany Bank.
Ruto will be in Gesusu Friday, a short distance away from Keumbu, where he will be hosted by Education CS Ezekiel Machogu for a homecoming.
On Wednesday, Raila spoke of an alleged attempt on his life following protests in the Capital Nairobi on Monday.
He however said the protests would now be done twice a week due to 'public demand'.
During a press conference Tuesday, he announced a boycott of certain products as he stepped up the onslaught.
In Kisii, Ruto told Raila to go slow on the protests and give him time to deliver on development projects.