Just why is Raila Odinga not on the campaign trail? He explains

Baba vs Grand Mullah

Raila Odinga

Opposition leader Raila Odinga has responded to concerns as to why he is not campaigning vigorously, the way President Uhuru Kenyatta is doing with less than a month to the repeat presidential election.

Speaking during a press conference recently, the National Super Alliance flagbearer said he does not need to be on the ground campaigning because he has foot soldiers who are representing him on the ground.

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Uhuru Kenyatta his deputy William Ruto and other Jubilee leaders campaign in Bungoma on September 29, 2017. /PSCU

“I have soldiers on the ground who are campaigning for me. We have a huge support base so Kenyans already know who their President will be. Forget about the self-imposed Jubilee administration,” Raila said.

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His explanation perhaps was triggered by President Uhuru’s lawyer, Ahmednasir Abdullahi, who took to social media earlier in the day (Thursday, September 28), saying Raila had become a busy body holding pressers left, right and centre and inciting people to violence while Uhuru is busy campaigning.

“A foreigner visiting Kenya will be very surprised by the strategies of the 2 presidential candidates. HE Uhuru is campaigning all over the country trying to improve on his 8.2 m votes. Hon Raila is leading demonstrations and addresses at least one press conference a day.” Ahmednasir aka the Grand Mullah said.

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But the ex-Prime Minster responded promptly.

“It is not a must that I take the lead. We need to clean up the IEBC before we head to the repeat polls before we can think of any other thing. Our primary business is having the amends at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission before going to the polls,” Raila noted.

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The National Super Alliance leaders said recently that they will be leading anti-IEBC demonstrations on Mondays and Fridays to protests Jubilee’s Bill that seeks to make it impossible for the Supreme Court to annul presidential elections and sweeping changes at IEBC.