Give me chance to lead, Raila urges North Rift

Noah Cheploen and Judith Kemei @PeopleDailyKe

National Super Alliance (Nasa) presidential candidate Raila Odinga yesterday pleaded with Baringo residents to give him a chance to lead the country.

He said he has a strong capable team of Kalonzo Musyoka, Moses Wetang’ula, Musalia Mudavadi and Isaac Ruto to help him deliver on his promises, adding that President Uhuru Kenyatta has only his deputy William Ruto.

Raila spoke at Eldama Ravine after an abortive meeting in Karbanet town where he was forced to cut short his speech when he came face to face with an agitated pro-Jubilee crowd chanting slogans against him.

In a day of high political drama, the Nasa leader who flew into the North Rift town to popularise his candidature, was jeered and booed immediately he disembarked from his chopper at around 1pm.

The youth later set ablaze ODM T-shirts, caps and other campaign materials as the Nasa team rushed back to their choppers for the next meeting in Eldama Ravine town.

Despite the boos and jeers, Raila said Kenyans are tired of Jubilee and it is time they voted them out. He lashed out at the crowd for their unbecoming behaviour saying time for shouting at leaders was long gone.

He also dispelled claims that Nasa was going to sack chiefs once elected saying they appreciate the role played by all security agents in the country.

In Eldama Ravine which is a distance of about 90 kilometres, the Nasa team was received well although a section of the crowd kept shouting Jubilee slogans.

And, in reference to the Kabarnet incident, Mudavadi said it was wrong to heckle leaders saying that everybody has a right to be heard. “We’re happy with the reception you’ve given us here. It is a clear sign that you are ready to exercise your democratic rights…” he said.

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