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Wednesday, 05 Jul 2017 13:30 EATnkiru@kenyafreepress.com
National Super Alliance Presidential candidate Raila Odinga, his running mate Kalonzo Musyoka and other NASA pentagon members return to Nairobi on Friday for National Prayers at the historic Uhuru Park, Nairobi as the opposition pushes for what it calls the third and final liberation of the country.
July 7th every year marks Saba Saba day when protesters in Kenya successfully fought for multiparty democracy in 1990. Kenyans have always marked the day with several activities among them pushing for better living conditions from the government. This year’s event comes when Kenyans are facing hard economic times with skyrocketed prices of essential commodities including maize flour and sugar.
Mr Odinga emphasized yesterday on the need to remain peaceful and noted the planned Friday prayers will see attendants wear a white as a symbol of peace. A campaign political rally which is also for peace will be held later at the Kamukunji grounds, also in Nairobi.
Today Mr Odinga and other NASA top members will attend the funeral of former PC Isaiah Cheluget in Kericho and later address a rally at Ndanai. Tomorrow, NASA will still be in Kericho County where according to a schedule released to the media houses by Kathleen Openda, Director Communications and Press Secretary, Raila Odinga Presidential Campaign Secretariat will be split into two teams.
Team A will tour Fort Tenan, Londiani and Moi Garden, while Team B will be in Sondu, Kaptere, Sossion, Kapsoit and finally Kericho Town where the two teams are expected to meet for a major rally.
Speaking before touring Kiambu County yesterday Mr Odinga promised that the NASA government would subsidize farming inputs and corporate development funding.
“Despite the best efforts of the corporative, its earnings to the farmers have stagnated while farm inputs have gone up inconsiderately while consumer prices have risen sharply, this is something we have to address”, he said.
Mr Odinga has deviated from his usual style of focusing on his strong regions with massive voters to infiltrating his opponent’s background. His running mate Kalonzo Musyoka has remained in his home turf since Monday where he was in Mwingi, Kitui County. Today he is in Machakos County.
Meanwhile Mr Odinga and the Chairman of the NASA National Campaign Committee Musalia Mudavadi, this morning hosted a breakfast discussion with the Chief Executive Officers and Chief Editors of the Kenyan media.
The candid and extremely productive discussion lasted two hours and everybody left the event more knowledgable about the concerns and challenges the two groups face.
Mr. Odinga pointed to his story and commitment to championing for the rights of the media while media chiefs emphasised their determination to cover the elections in a transparent and impartial manner.