The National Super Alliance (NASA) leader, Raila Odinga, has come out to defend former Meru Governor Peter Munya, after he ditched his camp for President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee party.
Munya surprised many on Tuesday, September 12, after announcing he now supports Uhuru’s reelection effectively ending his union with the Opposition barely a week after joining it.
According to Raila though, the ex county boss was under duress to join the ruling party ahead of the October 17 repeat presidential polls.
“I’ve received a message from Mr Munya which tells me that he was under a lot of pressure and I understand and excuse him, I have no problem with him,” Raila was quoted saying.
The former Prime Minister went on to add that former Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto who was also in Nasa as fifth principal until recently, was subjected to the same “blackmail” to support Jubilee following the nullified August 8 polls.
Raila is however confident that despite Munya’s exit, he will still garner enough votes from Meru in the next month’s election, albeit being a Jubilee stronghold.
“My support in Meru county is still intact. Munya has been campaigning for me until yesterday…until he was called and basically blackmailed,” Raila who has always had an appetite for Meru votes added.
The Opposition leader says he regrets losing Munya and Ruto to Jubilee and termed them “casualties of the struggle”.
Raila at the same time lashed out at Uhuru Kenyatta for hosting various community leaders at State House, Nairobi in an effort to consolidate his support ahead of the repeat election.