July 24th 2017

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Raila moves to solidify his base as NASA makes in-roads in the perceived swing vote counties

“Today the NASA pentagon chiefs will traverse Kajiado and Makueni counties to galvanize votes. They will hold three massive rallies in Kimana at 11am, Emali at 2pm and crown the day with yet another grand entry to Kitengela later in the day”, said part of the programme Siso released to the media

By Phillip MuleeTuesday, 20 Jun 2017 11:48 EAT

NASA co-principals Raila Odinga (right) and Moses Wetangula (left) during the NASA Meru tour.

National Super Alliance (NASA) Presidential candidate Raila Odinga and his running mate Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka commence this week’s countrywide campaign rallies today by touring Makueni and Kajiado counties.

According to itinerary released by Wiper Executive Director Dr Jared Siso NASA pentagon Chiefs, Raila, Kalonzo, Musalia Mudavadi, Moses Wetangula and Isaac Ruto will hold three rallies in the two counties.

“Today the NASA pentagon chiefs will traverse Kajiado and Makueni counties to galvanize votes. They will hold three massive rallies in Kimana at 11am, Emali at 2pm and crown the day with yet another grand entry to Kitengela later in the day”, said part of the programme Siso released to the media.

He invited people of the two counties to join the NASA caravan and support its leaders in saying no to corruption and ‘clueless’ Jubilee regime.

“We need to secure ‘ugali’ for our children's… and RaiLonzo ticket is the sure ticket”, he said adding NASA hao, Wiper NASA, Rao NASA, Stevo NASA…..yes NASA wote.

Meanwhile, the NASA pentagon chiefs will tour Naivasha and address several rallies tomorrow. According to ODM Executive director Oduor Ongwen the team is also expected to tour Kuresoi within Rift Valley, the same day.

The team will be in Trans Nzoia and Bungoma counties on Thursday and Friday respectively. On Saturday NASA group will still be in Western Kenya touring Vihiga County.

As President Uhuru Kenyatta and his NASA rival Raila Odinga intensify their campaign blitz they are facing a serious challenge in dealing with independent candidates in push to have them step down for aspirants with party tickets in their strongholds.

However adamant independents have said it is the electorate who will decide their fate on August 8. They have accused Uhuru and Raila of trying to deny voters their democratic right by imposing leaders on them.

Uhuru and Deputy President William Ruto have launched a series attempt urging independents to step down. The two had been soft on independents backing them until aspirants with tickets threatened to support the opposition if they did not pile pressure on their rivals to quit.

President Kenyatta is expected to tour Meru this week just a few days after Raila and his NASA team held several peaceful campaign rallies there.

Raila and his running mate Kalonzo Musyoka have been hard on independents, disowning them and asking voters to elect candidates with their party tickets to have enough numbers in Parliament and the county assemblies.

NASA’s stand on independents has, however, taken a new dimension after Raila’s wife Ida Odinga reportedly urged Nyanza residents to pick leaders of their choice, including independents.

Ida, accompanied by Independents Kisumu Governor Jack Ranguma and Senate aspirant Ochola Ogoda, to a church service at Voice of Salvation and Healing Church in the county, told residents to vote for Raila. 

“Use your vote wisely to chose your leaders but I would say choose Raila Amollo Odinga as President, there is no compromise there,” she said.

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