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Raila returns on time to lift struggling referendum campaign

22 October 2014, 13:10 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - The return of CORD leader Raila Odinga from his trip abroad will revitalize the struggling Okoa Kenya referendum campaign, which has stagnated in recent weeks.

Raila returned to the country Tuesday from a trip that took him to the United States, Europe and Mozambique and saw him give a number of lectures in those countries.

He gave lectures in Germany and the US, whilst in southern Africa, he was an election observer.

And while away, two different opinion polls showed the Okoa Kenya referendum campaign stagnant in the face of increased government pressure and tactics.

The polls showed that only 38% of Kenyans support the referendum, a worrying statistic for the CORD coalition.

That compared to the 54% the Pesa Mashinani campaign has garnered will put the spotlight on the CORD leader.

Read also: Raila back in the country to 'low key' reception

As will be the fact that the polls also showed increased popularity of president Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto.

" He will be worried especially about the referendum," political analyst Michael Njenga says.

" The two polls have both shown that there is no full support for Okoa Kenya but also that Kenyans are more willing to support Governors and that is not good for the coalition".

" They believed that the two would be merged but it seems government machinery has worked wonders on segregating them and now Raila has a hard task changing the minds of Kenyans on the initiative," he added.

The CORD leader will Wednesday hold a press conference in Nairobi to explain detail of his trips and also the way forward as regards the referendum.

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