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Nasa takes vote hunt to Jubilee-leaning zones

Some of the battle grounds the opposition will be seeking to get more votes from include Nairobi, Kajiado, Narok, and Samburu.

The National Super Alliance is now taking the battle for votes to Jubilee zones in a bid to attract more support in the rival’s backyard following closure of the mass voter registration on Sunday.

ODM Chairman John Mbadi said they will be boosting confidence among their supporters and at the same time raiding Jubilee zones for support.

Mr Mbadi said their strategy of converting potential voters into Nasa supporters will be based on selling the idea that Jubilee has failed in delivering in its promises.

Mr Mbadi indicated that ODM leader Raila Odinga will be in Meru, Embu and Tharaka Nithi on Monday and Tuesday, together with other coalition leaders Moses Wetang’ula (Ford Kenya) Musalia Mudavadi (ANC) and Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper).

KEY BATTLE GROUNDS

“We will also be concentrating on, Baringo, South Rift and Elgeyo Marakwet which are faced by insecurity challenges that jubilee has failed to deal with,” he said.

Mr Odinga was in Turkana for the better part of last week, while Mr Wetang’ula and Mr Musyoka were in Embu to drum up support for the new outfit.

With the numbers not pleasing enough as expected by the opposition, their attention now shifts to Jubilee areas such as the Rift Valley, Central and some parts of Eastern regions.

Of the 6.1 million target, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) statistics as at February 21 had potential newly registered voters at 3,782,089 million with Nairobi leading the pack with 461,346 followed by Kiambu.

UNDECIDED VOTERS

“We are planning to get to the battle ground areas and turn them into our zones. There is currently a wave in the country with many tired of the lies and incompetency of the Jubilee government and this is why we believe Kenyans are ripe for Nasa,” said Mr Mbadi.

A recent Ipsos opinion poll indicated that 49 per cent want Mr Odinga to contest for Presidency as the Nasa candidate and another 41 per cent were confident that he is better placed to tackle, corruption.

The polls gave President Uhuru Kenyatta a 17 percentage point lead over his closest challenger, a margin the opposition is focused in reducing and further surpass before August.

Nasa also wants to convert in their favour 12 per cent of voters who are still undecided on the person to support 166 days to the next elections.

“We are also keen on having the primaries conducted with fairness to boost confidence in the people from our strongholds and avoid voter apathy,” said Mr Mbadi.

MAKING INROADS

Kimimini MP Mr Chris Wamalwa said he will be accompanying Mr Wetangula on Friday on a tour in the entire Trans Nzoia County, a region the Deputy President William Ruto has been trying hard to make inroads to, and get as many votes as possible for Jubilee.

On Saturday, the Ford Kenya brigade will be in Mr Wetang’ula’s turf Bungoma.

“We will be campaigning with our coalition partners in Jubilee zones. On Sunday we should be headed to Uasin Gishu County,” said Mr Wamalwa.

Mr Khalwale exuded confidence that the opposition will sweep all areas perceived to be battle grounds come August owing to the presence of opposition leaders in the areas.

Gem MP Jakoyo Midiwo, during a television interview said the coming elections will be won on issues and that the opposition will be asking questions on what  the government did in handling corruption scandals.

“We will demand answers on graft such as Eurobond and National Youth Service lost millions,” said Mr Midiwo.

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