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Nasa leaders head to Tharaka-Nithi in hunt for votes

Opposition National Super Alliance (Nasa) leaders Tuesday head to Tharaka-Nithi County barely three months after a tour of the county.

The Nasa leaders are touring the larger Meru, a region perceived to be a Jubilee stronghold.

The leaders addressed a press conference in Meru before departing for Mukothima, Gatunga and Marimanti towns.

The tour by ODM leader Mr Raila Odinga and Wiper’s Kalonzo Musyoka who are to be joined by Mr Musalia Mudavadi (ANC) and Mr Moses Wetang’ula (Ford-Kenya) comes after voters recently threatened to ditch Jubilee and support the opposition in the August 8 elections.

Speaking to journalists in Meru Town, Mr Odinga said all Kenyans, both in Nasa and Jubilee are facing similar problems.

CURE TO PROBLEMS

“Kenyans in Baringo who are grappling with insecurity voted for Jubilee, miraa farmers who have lost a market voted for Jubilee, striking doctors and lecturers are working for both Jubilee and Nasa supporters. In Nasa we are saying we have a cure to these problems,” Mr Odinga said.

He said corruption, insecurity and high cost of living are affecting all Kenyans irrespective of their political alignment.

He urged the people of Meru and Tharaka-Nithi to support Nasa.

“We want to do away with the stronghold mentality,” Mr Odinga said.

In December 2016, Mr Odinga and Mr Mudavadi addressed a rally at Kathwana, the headquarters of Tharaka-Nithi County, where they said the government had branded the opposition as enemies of development for exposing corruption.

SIDE-LINED

Before his visit, irate locals had demonstrated at Kathwana market with placards reading ‘Raila our Saviour’, claiming Jubilee had side-lined them in development matters.

Weeks later, Mr Odinga secretly met some Tharaka-Nithi leaders in what was seen as deliberate efforts to get substantial votes from the county.

Those who attended the meeting included members of the Tharaka-Nithi County Assembly.

Also in attendance was Mr Odinga’s crusader and activist Mike Mutembei alias Makarina from Meru County.

ODM chairman John Mbadi, who is accompanying the leaders in the current tour, said they will be raiding Jubilee zones for support.

“Nasa will sweep all areas perceived to be battlegrounds come August,” he said.

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