Under pressure Raila heads back to western Kenya for week long tour
03 September 2016, 23:02
Nairobi - With competition for votes at its highest, CORD leader Raila Odinga is headed back to western Kenya for a series of rallies starting Sunday.
The Daily Nation reports that the ODM leader will on Sunday return to western Kenya for a week long tour to calm the increasingly restless region.
Odinga was in the region between July 18 and 22 to fight rebellion from politicians who felt uncomfortable in his party. He will visit the nine constituencies of Khwisero, Butere, Shinyalu, Ikolomani, Lurambi, Navakholo, Malava, Lugari and Likuyani.
Odinga’s spokesperson, Dennis Onyango, said the Kakamega tour has been organised by ODM.
During the tour, Odinga is expected to meet ODM grassroots and community leaders and the leadership of various professional organisations and later address a series of campaign rallies.
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The Star adds that the ODM leader has visited the county several times since the beginning of this year, including attending a function organised by the county government for empowerment of the youths and a meeting with the Luhya elders.
Odinga is expected to make stop overs at Manyulia, Butere town, Sabatia, Shinyalu, Khayega, Musoli, Shisohe, Lubao, Malava, Pan Paper, Kongoni and Matunda during the busy schedule.
Raila made extensive tours of Vihiga and Busia. In Kakamega, he only visited Mumias. The Western region tour came against the simmering background of internal revolt within ODM that saw MPs Ababu Namwamba (Budalang’i) and Paul Otuoma (Funyula) resign as ODM secretary general and vice chairman, respectively.