Raila’s Kakamega tour on hold, as he is ‘busy’


Cord leader Raila Odinga’s four-day tour of Kakamega county has been cancelled but will be rescheduled.

“You know the party leader is a busy man and as we speak he is at the Coast,” Kakamega county ODM chairman Philip Kutima said on Thursday.

He is also the deputy governor.

On Wednesday, Raila cancelled his trip to Taita Taveta at the last minute, reportedly because of feuding ODM factions in the county.

In Kakamega, he was expected to start his visit with rallies in Khwisero and Butere subcounties on Monday.

Raila was also scheduled to visit Lurambi, Navakholo, Shinyalu, Ikolomani, Malava, Lugari and Likuyani subcounties to consolidate his support.

Sources close to deputy party leader Wycliffe Oparanya said the visit has been put off until after President Uhuru Kenyatta’s tour of the Western region. “The party leader wants to come after the President so he can undo what he [Uhuru] will have done,” the source said.

Uhuru is expected to visit Western for four days during which he will commission a number of development projects from August 30.

He will commission the Sh6 billion revival of Pan Paper in Webuye, give money to Nzoia and Mumias sugar companies and launch the tarmacking of a number of roads. Analysts say the projects are meant to woo the Luhya to support his Jubilee Party for 2017.

Raila’s attention in the region was triggered by the resignations of ODM secretary general Ababu Namwamba and vice chairman Paul Otuoma. They cited frustrations by party leadership.


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