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Monday, 03 Jul 2017 20:38 EATjmwangangi@kenyafreepress.com
The National Super Alliance (NASA) flagbearer Raila Odinga today received 13 defectors from President Uhuru Kenyatta's Kiambu County backyard in a move that left political observers wondering whether the hunger for change that has engulfed former Jubilee strongholds in the Rift Valley could extent to central Kenya.
The defectors who included sitting Members of County Assembly (MCAs) and aspirants ditched Jubilee for Mr Odinga's ODM, just hours before the opposition leader tours the area. Among the defectors is Mr George Gitau of Juja ward, Ms Mary Muigai who is running for Limuru Central ward on an ODM ticket among others as it was read out by Mr Michael Rubia who is NASA’s coordinator in Central Kenya.
Ms Mary Muigai, speaking when she welcomed the defectors to NASA, said that it is better to walk with spray scented individuals in order to smell nice and promised to work with Mr Odinga. Mr Gitau said Mr Odinga is welcome in Kiambu to lead them and show the way as father does to his children. He requested Mr Odinga to raise concern to the issue of tittle deeds on the behalf of the people of Junja. He dismissed the claims that they have been paid to in order to support NASA.
The ODM leader and President Uhuru Kenyatta are facing off in the election which has attracted six other candidates, but the two are perceived as the front runners, according to latest opinion polls. This defection of Jubilee MCAs opens a new page in Kenyan politics as we are nearing the general elections.
Speakers at the media conference called by Mr Odinga's office at the Okoa Kenya offices in Lavington expressd concern at the disparities between the rich and poor in Central Kenya, which they said was widening despite the Jubilee government's promises to improve conditions for the poor. They also described the tough fortunes of small businesses and lamented that a cartel in the milk sector was robbing farmers of their valuable produce.
Recent synovate scrutiny on opinion polls indicated that President Uhuru Kenyatta of Jubilee Party leading with 48 per cent and Mr Odinga managed to get 43 per cent of the polls. With wit the new defections from Jubilee to NASA may lead to positive change to Mr Odinga’s political fortunes come 8 August general elections.
Mr Odinga said NASA will be starting a new journey that has never been witnessed before in the past political regimes in Kenya. He said that NASA is the solution to deal with Jubilee which he termed as the problem of Kiambu people. Mr Odinga said NASA is focused on removing ‘Kanu regime’ out of power because it has been ruling indirectly in previous governments although it was removed from power in 2002.
He also told the people of Kiambu that they should unite with other tribes because every tribe plays a vital role during the fighting for the country’s independence.