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Raila arrives in Rift Valley way too late

08 June 2015, 16:21 William Korir

Nairobi - CORD leader Raila Odinga continued his offensive on the Rift Valley Region over the weekend as he eyes support ahead of the Okoa Kenya referendum battle as well as the 2017 General Elections.

The CORD leader held an hour long interview with Kass TV's famous host Levi Kones as he explained himself as well as his plans for the future.

The Kass TV station and its affiliate radio station are predominantly Kalenjin vernacular services.

The interview by Raila was a move to have the people who once avidly supported the former Prime Minister get to hear his angle on a variety of topics.

He spoke about the ICC trial in which Kalenjin kingpin William Ruto and journalist Joshua Sang are implicated in as well as other matters including the Mau Forest evictions and his plans.

It was also a part of Raila's re-branding programme which has seen him launch a comprehensive digital platform.

According to Rift Valley political analyst Isaac Kipng'etich, the move by Raila is okay but doubts it will help him much come the 2017 elections.

" It was a nice touch for Raila to go to Kass TV and meet Levi Kones. Kones to Kass viewers and the Kalenjin community is an important figure," he says.

" I can see that he attempted to clear the air on several matters such as the ICC trial and Mau evictions but I think that it has come too late".

" The Uhuru- Ruto team looks happy and engraved in stone and it is probably the toughest time to go sell yourself in the Rift Valley".

" The simple question is this. At the moment, Kalenjins are assured of a place in government for the next seven years if Uhuru and Ruto gain re-election as is expected and then for Uhuru to back Ruto afterwards, what does Raila offer Kalenjins?

" He is shunned not because he is demonized as some try to put it, but because in reality, he has nothing to offer," Kipng'etich believes.

The CORD leader however feels that he does not have enemies in the north Rift and that he will eventually turn the tide.

" We are confident that things will turn around. Things have not been good the last few years but nothing is irreversible," an aide close to Raila told News24.

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