ODM leader Raila Odinga will embark on a series of meet the people activities starting this week in his strongholds of Nyanza and Western regions to bolster his political base and lock out competitors.
The former Premier had been scheduled to tour Nyanza early this month but pushed back the tour indefinitely due to the sharp increase in the COVID-19 infections.
ODM party’s secretary for political affairs Opiyo Wandayi on Sunday, August 15, said that Odinga will meet with local leaders at Sikri Technical Training collage in Oyugis then head to Kakamega on Friday to lock out competitors.
Wandayi who is also the Ugunja Member of Parliament told the People Daily that the meetings are aimed at destroying all the networks and inroads that Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto has made in the regions.
“Since we know Wiliam Ruto is our main threat, we must strive to destroy all the networks and inroads that he has made over the last one year,” he said.
Though Raila has not officially declared his intention to run for president in next year’s presidential election, there is little doubt that the all-time presidential aspirant will be running against DP Ruto in the race to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta whose constitutional terms end in August 2022.
The Nyanza meeting will be attended by delegates from the six counties of Siaya, Kisii, Kisumu, Nyamira, and Homa Bay counties.
The Minority Leader in the National Assembly Junet Mohammed said the party would officially kick off aggressive campaigns from August 18 where Raila will host 600 delegates, 100 each from the six counties of Nyanza where a ‘major declaration’ on the region would be made.
Political analysts Edward Kisang’ani had earlier claimed that Raila Odinga will be a weakest candidate in the 2022 presidential race due to his truce with President Uhuru Kenyatta
A section of ODM allies have not ruled out Kisiang’ani observations but said the planned consultative meetings are meant to reinvigorate Raila and ODM’s dwindling fortunes.