Cord leader Raila Odinga has traveled out of the country for an official trip to Israel as Malindi, Kericho mini polls are set to take place. 

The CORD leader headed to Israel on a somewhat long official visit that might take up to a week. The politician embarked on the trip to address the first Africa and Israel Policy and Leadership Conference on Governance in Africa.

Raila jetted for Israel on Saturday evening with Senators Agnes Zani and Anyang Nyongo.

The conference will be attended by different African and Israeli leaders and they are expected to have talks sessions on Governance, Education, Sustainability, the Middle East and Public Diplomacy.

The conference is set to start on Monday, March 7, and will end on March 10 – the timing which conflicts with the by-elections in the two regions.

The meeting will be held at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem which is co-sponsored by the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace and the Africa Centre for Peace and Democracy.

Last week before his trip, the Coast saw heated last-minute campaign from opposition party and jubilee. The two made a lot of promises to the region while blaming each other of not being able to resolve the region’s many political injustices.

Though the Cord leader is skipping the by-elections in Kericho and Malindi, his absence may not affect the result of the poll.

This is because last week, a survey showed ODM has a fair chance of winning Jubilee in Malindi – probably the reason the coalition leader went on with the trip.

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According to the poll conducted by East Africa Dataline Consult, ODM’s candidate in the person of Willy Mtengo would garner 54 per cent of the votes in Malindi while Jubilee’s Philip Charo would go home with 33 per cent of the entire votes.

Albeit two candidates have limped out of Malindi Mp election and have pledged to give their support to Jubilee’s Philip Charo.

The two candidates, Peter Ponda (Chama Cha Uzalendo) and Fuad Kombe (Federal Party of Kenya), couldn’t see the need to continue in the race and announced their resolve on Thursday.

The decision was regarded as a boost to Jubilee’s candidate’s chance in the election.

Meanwhile, President Uhuru Kenyatta has also absented himself from the demanding Kericho senatorial campaigns to avoid the political battle between Deputy President William Ruto and Kanu boss Gideon Moi.

The voting in Malindi and Kericho is underway. And residents are to elect new leaders who will represent them in the Senate and National Assembly respectively.