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Monday, 10 Apr 2017 14:51 EATnmuthoni@kenyafreepress.com
CORD leader Raila Odinga is expected to tour Samburu and Marsabit counties this week to instal new leaders in place of others who have joined the Jubilee government. The former prime minister will visit Samburu on Wednesday 12 April and Masrabit a day later.
Samburu County, led by Governor Moses Lenolkulal, emerged as one of the Jubilee coalition strongholds in 2013, with the coalition winning the three parliamentary seats there, the senator, governor and women representative positions.
In the run-up to the August general elections, Mr Odinga has recultivated his contacts in the region, and his ally Simon Lesirma who is making a second attempt at the senate seat has organised two meetings for the CORD leader in the past year.
Some analysts argue the Samburus have not fully embraced the Jubilee Party due to the approach with which the herders/ranch owners' conflict in Laikipia County is being handled.
However, the majority of the Samburu political aspirants, apart from those seeking election on the ODM ticket are campaigning for President Uhuru Kenyatta's reelection. Kanu enjoys huge support in the county as well, with many aspirants showing their interest to seek elective posts on the party’s ticket, including woman representative Maison Leshoomo.
Mr Odinga is also expected to tour Marsabit County on Thursday 13 April to counteract the defection of key ODM leaders including the incumbent governor Ukur Yuttani and four MPs to the Jubilee Party last month. The leaders defected from ODM to Frontier Alliance Party, which supports the re-election of President Kenyatta, seeing that a direct defection to Jubilee Party would affect their re-election chances.
A number of political aspirants from Marsabit County declared that they will contest the August polls on Kanu tickets. Led by gubernatorial aspirant Omuro Sora Adano, aspiring senator Galgalo Abagaro and women representative Elizabeth Leitoro, they described Kanu as a political movement that embraces diversity.
The ODM leader will then oversee party nominations starting on Thursday April 13 as directed by Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC). ODM postponed the nominations on Friday just hours after IEBC issued a statement maintaing that no nominations will be carried out before April 13.
ODM was planning to hold nominations on Saturday, April 8 in Bungoma, Busia and Machakos counties but will be held on April 13. Also nominattions in Turkana, Kakamega, Samburu and Narok Counties are expected to start on April 15, hence Mr Odinga's visit.