November 21st 2017

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After receiving Kisii defectors, Raila heads to Machakos, Mandera 'for more'

At the Kisii rally this afternoon, Bobasi parliamentary aspirant and other leaders declared Kisii region a NASA zone. Kisii County Assembly speaker said that Mr would have an unassailable lead over President Uhuru Kenyatta, saying they are now targeting at 90 percent.

By Julliet Mwihakijmwihaki@kenyafreepress.comWednesday, 17 May 2017 16:11 EAT

(L-R): Governor James Ongwae, Raila Odinga, and Deputy Governor Joash Maangi holding hands in Gusii Stadium as they move to the main podium for the rally.

Opposition leader Raila Odinga's NASA coalition says it will receive hundreds of grassroots leaders from around the country from the Jubilee Party in the next several weeks. Kisii deputy governor Joash Maangi today led several leaders from Kisii and Nyamira counties in defecting from Jubilee to NASA.

Mr Odinga who has lined up series of campaign activities since his return from Israel on Monday led the NASA brigade at a major rally at the Gusii Stadium this afternoon where the coalition set its target at not less than 80 percent of the Kisii region's presidential votes. Yesterday, ahead of today's events, Mr Maangi had declared his renewed loyalty to the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) from where he had defected last year.

Mr Odinga is also expected to tour Machakos on Friday where he will join his running mate Kalonzo Musyoka for a consultative meeting of Kamba leaders. Mr Musyoka will be hosting the event at Machakos Golf Club and thereafter address a massive public rally at Mulu Mutisya Gardens in Machakos Town. After that, the team will travel to Mandera County to strengthen an emerging NASA force in the Jubilee-dominated county.

At the Kisii rally this afternoon, Bobasi parliamentary aspirant and other leaders declared Kisii region a NASA zone. Kisii County Assembly speaker said that Mr would have an unassailable lead over President Uhuru Kenyatta, saying they are now targeting at 90 percent.

During the rally Mr Musyoka promised Kenyans that the tuitions done in school will be free as the schools are. He asked the Kisii voters not to give Jubilee 30 percent of their votes like they did in 2013. Mr Odinga said NASA affiliated candidates should not fight over whom to vote for in the election.

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