Kenya: Odinga Explains Kenyatta’s Absence in His Mt Kenya Campaigns

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Nairobi — Azimio La Umoja-One Kenya Coalition Party presidential flag bearer Raila Odinga concluded his two-day tour of the Mt Kenya region by meeting the coalition aspirants in Kiambu on Sunday.

Raila told the aspirants drawn from constituent parties that he had asked President Uhuru Kenyatta to take a back seat and allow him to personally interact with the voters in the region which is perceived to be largely supporting Deputy President William Ruto’s bid.

“Mimi nimesema nitaingia (Mt Kenya) pekee yangu, nitafanya campaign pekee yangu. Sitaki kupachikwa ati Project Ya Uhuru. Mkiniona, mmeona (Rais) Uhuru, lakini mimi ninakuja pale, nakuja kama Baba. Sio karagosi ya Uhuru (I said I am coming to Mt Kenya on my own, I will campaign alone because I don’t want to be called Uhuru Kenyatta’s project),” he said.

Deputy President William Ruto and his Kenya Kwanza have been branding Raila a “state project” who will defend the interests of a few billionaires if elected in the August election in which both hope to succeed President Kenyatta whose second and final term ends in August.

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President Kenyatta has been pushing for a possible Odinga presidency as a national unifying leader since his handshake with him in March 2018 in what led to a bitter fall-out with his deputy.

The president said he is also wary of leaving the country in the hands of people he has said could raid the national coffers for their own benefit.

Odinga said Azimio has put in place good campaign strategies to beat Ruto in the August 9 General Election.