Raila, Mudavadi in separate rallies express optimism of winning in Presidential poll
Written by Emily Chelagat and PMPS
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Prime Minister Raila Odinga and Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi who have intensified their separate political rallies in Rift Valley with both expressed optimism of emerging the best in the Presidential race after the general elections.
Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi while addressing thousands of people at Kipchoge Keino Stadium in Kapsabet during a UDF rally, Mudavadi urged them to take him to State House in the next coming general elections as the Kenyan President while being opposed to a run-off.
The DPM who was accompanied by 10 Mps from the party, including Ikolomani Mp Dr. Bonny Khalwale ,Manyala Keya (Lurambi), Jeremiah Kioni (Ndaragwa), Nderitu Mureithi (Laikipia West), Soita Shitanda (Malava) and former Kimilili Mp Mukhisa Kituyi assured the people of Rift Valley that he will ensure poverty comes to an end by his phrase, “there’s no dignity in being poor” similar to what he used during his presidential bid in 2007.
Mudavadi who has been a long serving member of parliament as well as cabinet minister in said that he will have talks with the Eldoret North Mp William Ruto on matters regarding peace keeping as both of them are peace keepers adding that it is them who help lower the political temperature of the “Wananchi ” (public ) during 2007-2008 Post elections.
Khalwale warned the DPM not to associate with the Prime Minister Raila Odinga on reasons that he is fond of using parables to hit out other leaders which is not appealing to citizens of this country thus wanted him to be close with Rutto and share ideas of politics.
Elsewhere, Prime Minister Raila Odinga who intensified his campaigns in Rift Valley Province expressed optimism in winning the presidency during the first round of voting.
He ruled out chances that the contest could proceed to the second round of voting arguing that the party had a national appeal and support base across the country.
Addressing a series of rallies in Baringo County shortly after attending a church service at the Kabarak University, the premier said results from successive opinion polls had placed the party ahead of the rest.
He asked residents to ignore the emerging tribal parties for the unity of the nation and identify with the winning ODM team which represented the true face of the country.
“Let them not sweet talk you to support their tribal outfits because with our popularity rating currently at 54% and still growing by the day, we are confident of sealing our victory in the first round,” The PM said.
Odinga supported the recent court ruling reversing the appointment of the County Commissioners on constitutional grounds and stressed that the new constitution must be respected.
He urged Kenyan to play a leading role in protecting and push for the full implementation of the new constitution to ensure that the gains the Country had made were not violated.
The premier who was accompanied by his wife Dr. Ida Odinga during the church service also attended by Former president Daniel Moi asked teachers to inculcate national values in students to reduce the ethnic factor in the next generation.
”We need to instill some national values on our generation to eliminate the negative ethnicity from the future society,” he said.
Dr. Odinga also asked the experts entrusted with the review and formulation of the current education system to factor the pre primary phase in the new scheme.
At least Seven Cabinet Ministers and several members of parliament are in the entourage that addressed rallies Kambi Moto, Muserechi and Kipsiena markets before converging for the main rally at Eldama Ravine town.
They included Musa Sirma, Fred Gumo, James Orengo, Amoson Kingi, Margaret
Saturday while Ccmmemorating the Saba Saba Day, Odinga paid tribute to the heroes of the infamous rallies in the 1990s in which more than 20 people were killed and insisted that their blood was not in vain.
The PM insisted that such historical episodes must remain in the national political calendar because they shape our destiny and promotes our resolve to safeguard our freedoms.
He said those uncomfortable with the past historical events were beneficiaries of the dark era who wanted to hoodwink the public to ignore the events that shaped our country for personal interest.
“We have to reflect on our past to establish where we are and where we want to take our country and nobody should tell you they are better because we keep looking at the side mirror,” Odinga.
He also asked Kenyans defend the new constitution as the supreme law of the land and warned those violating the document desist.