Good to go! Raila revs up campaign engine after IEBC green light
Published on: May 28, 2017 01:50 (EAT)
The National Super Alliance presidential candidate Raila Odinga has been cleared by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to enter the 2017 State House race. Odinga was escorted by NASA’s pentagon team – running mate Kalonzo Musyoka, Musalia Mudavadi (ANC), Moses Wetangula (Ford Kenya) and Chama Cha Mashinani’s leader Isaac Ruto, to the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) where IEBC has set camp for two days to scrutinize presidential hopefuls’ papers. Raila promised to run clean campaigns and concede defeat in a fair and transparent contest. “If we lose fairly we will accept,” said Raila. On his part, Kalonzo exuded confidence in the coalition’s numbers, saying NASA will trounce Jubilee in the August 8 polls. Hundreds of NASA supporters stood along the streets of Nairobi to cheer Raila and team on as they made their way from All Saints Cathedral, where he attended Sunday service, to KICC. This will be Odinga’s fourth attempt at presidency. Odinga is the second candidate to get green light from the electoral commission after Third Way Alliance’s candidate Dr. Ekuru Aukot. Dida – who was earlier turned away by the IEBC for failing to present authenticated documents – has been cleared after getting his degree certificate certified and his self-declaration authenticated by a commissioner of oaths. Odinga is currently meeting NASA supporters in the streets of Nairobi as he proceeds to Jacaranda Stadium in Donholm where he will lead the NASA family to their first official campaign rally. The clearing of presidential candidates by the electoral commission paves way for political parties and candidates to hit the road canvassing for votes in the run up to August 8 polls. Jubilee Party’s candidate, President Uhuru Kenyatta will present his papers tomorrow, alongside four other aspirants aiming to dislodge him from state house. Kenyatta will later lead a strong contingent of Jubilee lieutenants to Nyayo Stadium for a campaign rally that will set the tone for their campaigns. IEBC is set to clear 10 candidates for the presidency before closure of the exercise Monday.