In an attempt to scatter Deputy President William Ruto’s political influence ahead of the 2022 general election ODM leader Raila Odinga has intensified his campaign ring-fencing his home turf.
In what appears as another shot at the presidency, the former premier is aggressively getting engaged in strings of activities across the country in a bid to unify and control his original bases.
On the same front, the ODM leader is today expected to chair a mega meeting of elected leaders, councils of elders, professionals, and businesspeople from Kisumu, Homa Bay, Siaya, and Migori counties.
The Kisumu meeting is to be hosted at the Ciala resort, with more than 1000 delegates expected to be in attendance.
“It is expected each county delegation shall consist of no more than 200 people,” ODM secretary general Edwin Sifuna said in an invitation to all governors, MPs, senators, MCAs, and ODM coordinating committee members.
Odinga is expected to drum up support for the constitutional amendments in his home turf, in their joint move with President Kenyatta to persuade County assemblies to pass the Building Bridges Initiative bill.
His home County Siaya led by an example, with the Kisumu and Homa-bay Counties, expected to follow suit on Tuesday and Thursday, respectively.
The Obado led Migori county is also expected to do the same later next week, to see the AU special envoy stamp his authority in the region, and add to the tally of at least 24 county assemblies requires for the bill to be passed.
Reports indicate that Mr. Odinga has lined up similar rallies across the nation with youth groups, professionals, and women groups in an ally seeking mission ahead of the 2022 state house race.
“We are going to meet leaders from various regions. We will be giving schedules,” Sifuna said.
Over the weekend, the ODM leader pitched a tent in northern Kenya where he launched the convention in Turkana on Friday and further stay in the region for three days, holding rallies in Lodwar’s Baraza Park and another one at Loima.
He also held meetings at Kakuma and Katulu in Turkana North, where he denounced DP Ruto’s bid terming him a liar while opposing reforms.
“…… Mr. Six Months. They promised a digital economy. That within six months, every child will have a laptop. Have you seen the laptops here in Kakuma?
“They said they will build state-of-the-art stadiums in every county. ….They said every year they will be generating one million jobs…modern employment. Now they are forgetting what they promised youths and they are coming up with wheelbarrows,” he said in Kakuma on Saturday.