November 21st 2017

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Raila in good health after being taken ill from a campaign blitz in the Coast region

Kitui County visit on Thursday is meant to solidify NASA’s support as the County is another opposition stronghold with Kalonzo’s Wiper as the dominant party in the region translating into an expected good reception.

By Trizza Kimanitkimani@kenyafreepress.comMonday, 10 Jul 2017 13:26 EAT

NASA flag bearer Raila Odinga addressing residents of Kwale on their Coast tour over the weekend.

The National Super Alliance (NASA) flag bearer Raila Odinga is in good health following a scare on Sunday evening when he was rushed to a private hospital in Mombasa with suspected food poisoning.

His adviser Salim Lone said that the opposition leader is doing very well this morning and is set to brief the public on the NASA presidential candidate’s recovery.

The ODM party leader was taken ill on Sunday evening while at the Mombasa Airport waiting to take a flight to Nairobi following a series of rallies in Kilifi County.

Mr Odinga was in the company of his NASA co-principals Kalonzo Musyoka, Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Wetangula as well as Senator James Orengo who advised him to have a doctor examine him rather than travel.

News of hospitalization of Mr Odinga spread quickly putting opposition supporters on edge with many in Mombasa including Governor Hassan Joho and Mvita MP Abdulswamad Nassir rushing to the private hospital where Mr Odinga was being examined in Mombasa. Opposition supporters milled outside the hospital waiting with bated breath for news from the hospital.

Upon examination, the NASA candidate was discharged after doctors established there was no cause for alarm with Mr Odinga telling the public that he had been dehydrated and that he was okay.

Meanwhile Mr Odinga, his running mate Mr Musyoka and other NASA principals are scheduled to meet IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati and other commissioners at the KICC at 2pm today before the countrywide campaigns begin. They will Mandera County on Tuesday 11th July, Kitui on Thursday 13th July, and North Rift on Saturday 15th July.

The NASA team is expected to tour the North Rift region at a later date where it will split into four groups; Team 1 will be Tot-Kapsowar-64 Stadium, while Team 2 will be in Chepkorio-Iten-64 Stadium, Team3 Kabarnet-Tambach-64 Stadium and Team 4 Tinderet-Nandi Hills-64 Stadium. This is according to campaign programme released by Kathleen Openda, Director of Communications for NASA presidential Secretariat.

Today’s meeting of IEBC officials with the presidential hopefuls is meant to discuss the way forward after the High Court ruling that compelled the IEBC to cancel the presidential ballot papers printing by the Dubai based Al-Ghurair firm. The discussions will agree on the method to be followed in identifying the new printer of the presidential ballot papers.

The Mandera campaign blitz by NASA follows a discovery of a shallow grave that consisted of five bodies, four men and an elderly woman with the county Deputy Governor Ahmed Maalim saying it was well planned and coordinated terming it extra judicial killings. The locals then pledged their loyalty to NASA as they vowed to root out Jubilee Party in the area come 8th August. Banissa in Mandera County has 53 polling stations which is considered among the least in the country in relation to NASA strong holds as Mandera is perceived to be a NASA zone.

Kitui County visit on Thursday is meant to solidify NASA’s support as the County is another opposition stronghold with Kalonzo’s Wiper as the dominant party in the region translating into an expected good reception.

Njuguna Kiru contributed reporting for this article

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