Even the sick will vote in August, Raila says on ’10 million strong’

Depending on Nyanza, Western

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ODM party leader Raila Odinga. PHOTO: RTE

The National Super Alliance (NASA) presidential candidate Raila Odinga maintains that he will garner more than 10 million votes in his fourth (and may be last) stab at Kenya’s top office.

Raila Who has been in the race thrice before, in 1997, 2007 and 2013, was paired with his Wiper counterpart Kalonzo Musyoka for a grueling battle with President Uhuru Kenyatta in the forthcoming General Election scheduled for August 8.

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ODM delegates in Kasarani on May 5, 2017. PHOTO: TWITTER

According to the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) honcho, the National Super Alliance is relying on a 95 per cent voter turnout in Nyanza and Western, his two strongholds.

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“When we say that we will get more than 10 million votes, we are not joking. We mean business,” Raila said at Gusii Stadium on Wednesday, May 17.

He however expressed worry citing the numbers of people who turned up to cast their votes in the 2013 polls.

“We have approximately 2.7 million votes in Nyanza and we want to garner 2.5 million. In Western, out of the 1.9 million we want 1.5 million. We want to get majority votes from Nairobi, Coast and Nairobi,” the Opposition leader said.

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“In Kisii and Nyamira counties, Uhuru got more than 25 per cent. I want party stalwarts to ensure Jubilee is completely locked out of Kisii.” He added.

This is happening after professionals and elders from Ukambani and the Coast agreeing to rally behind President Uhuru Kenyatta and DP William Ruto who are seeking a second term.

Health Cabinet Secretary Cleopa Mailu told more than 150 delegates at Maanzoni lodge at the weekend that the development Uhuru has steered was visible to all.

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Raila further said the Opposition will win majority seats in Kisii and Nyamira counties but was quick to caution against infighting among affiliate parties.

“Our enemy is Jubilee Party. We should not fight among ourselves,” he said.

The Orange party leader said that once the voters roll is out, Nasa will print and send it to every polling station for purposes of voter mobilisation.

“The committee will ensure that even the sick vote because every vote counts,” he noted.

  • Mohamed Abdi

    ‘Even the sick will vote’!! What about the dead?