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Battle for the Luhya votes intensify with Ruto, Raila Kalonzo in Western

by Amos Khaemba

The battle for the Luhya voting block is set to intensify this weekend, as leading presidential contenders pitch the tent in the region ahead of the August 9, General Election.

On Saturday, February 12, Deputy President William Ruto will be leading the Kenya Kwanza brigade in preaching the hustler gospel in Kakamega County.

A spot check by Kivumbi.co.ke indicates that Kenya Kwanza will begin their day in Mumias East followed by a stopover at Navakholo trading center.

The William Ruto-led team will wind up their day with a mega rally at Amalemba Grounds in Kakamega town, where they are expected to make a major political statement.

Since ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi and his Ford Kenya counterpart Moses Wertangula joined DP, they have held more than four rallies in the Western region.

They have already held rallies in Bungoma, Busia, and Vihiga counties where they have used the opportunity to explain to the Mulembe nation their decision to team up with DP Ruto.

On the other hand, Azimio la Umoja of ODM leader Raila Odinga is headed to Busia County which is considered a stronghold of the ODM party.

ODM leader Raila Odinga who has been abroad for 10-day is expected to lead spearhead the Azimio campaign though it is still not clear if Raila will make it to Busia.

One Kenya Alliance (OKA) led by Kalonzo Musyoka and Gideon Moi will also be in Kakamega in what is seen as a move to counter the Kenya Kwanza alliance that has been crisscrossing the popular Western region.

According to a Twitter post by Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka, the OKA team will be campaigning in Kakamega County.

According to the recent data by Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission( IEBC), the Western region has 2,592,437 registered votes ahead of the August 9, election.

Kakamega County is the leading county with 841, 139 registered voters followed by Bungoma County with 644,233 voters. Busia County has 406, 569 registered voters while Vihiga and Trans Nzoia have 304, 755, and 395, 741 registered voters respectively.

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