After Raila’s criticism for President Uhuru Kenyatta’s long stay in the Mombasa, CORD leader Raila Odinga has decided to visit the coastal region as well. But not for political reasons, according to him.
Raila traveled to the region in the evening of Tuesday and he was welcomed upon his arrival at the Moi International Airport in Mombasa by massive crowd.
He went to the region ahead of the opening of Fidel Odinaga road – the new Nyali road is to be renamed in Memory of Fidel Odinga, on 27 January.
ODM deputy party leader and Governor of Mombasa, Hassan Joho, had promised to pay tribute to Fidel in 2015 when he was being laid to rest by naming one road after the late Fidel. The Governor wants to make it a reality before going to his rural home of Bondo for the annual Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Memorial Service this weekend.
Fidel Odinga died on January 4, 2015 under mysterious circumstances at his home in Karen. The cause of his death still remains a mystery.
Meanwhile people have been speculating CORD leader Raila is going to campaign in Mombasa. However, Raila’s spokesman, Dennis Onyango in a statement, said Raila will not even go close to Malindi Constituency to campaign for ODM candidate, Willy Mtengo as generally expected but will head the opening of Fidel Odinga Road in Nyali area.
Of course, there is the need to win the coast region’s votes preliminary to the 2017 general election. Especially with Jubilee interested in getting more supporters in an area where the opposition has more influence. The party’s influence was even demonstrated in 2013 General Election, when the coastal region voted for Raila Odinga widely.
And Raila had earlier questioned and mocked president’s Uhuru month-long stay in the area, saying:
You (Uhuru Kenyatta) can spend one year campaigning for JAP in Malindi , I will need only one day to sweep you away like a tsunami.
The president replied his mockery, saying he has the right to stay in Mombasa as long as he wants.
CORD leader has been criticizing the system of election in the country and has introduced something he described as the only way to ensure free and fair election in the country.