By Joseph Kipkemboi
Word on the street is that Deputy President’s inner kitchen cabinet is agonizing following a successful CORD rally in their backyard. The town that is dominated by Kalenjins and Kikuyu pulled a cool +300,000 people in Eldoret 64 Stadium !
Thousands of locals abandoned their usual farming activities and walked long distance to the Stadium. Business in the town came to a standstill as former Prime Minister made his way to the stadium.
The stadium was filled to capacity, this comes as a surprise to Uhuru’s handlers since the town is considered a Jubilee, ealier in the week Ruto’s handlers led by the local governor banned the rally siting insecurity.
Speaking to the mass of humanity mostly Kalenji people’s leader Raila Odinga said he would not be cowed by threats of arrest following recent summons issued by police to his colleagues for alleged hate speech.
He told President Uhuru Kenyatta to heed his call for the dialogue.
â€œNdugu yangu, njoo tuongee mapema. Naona mawingu yametanda. Fanya hala hala tusinyeshewe. (My brother, come for an early dialogue as clouds are gathering. Hurry up so that we are not rained on),â€ said Mr Odinga amid cheers from a huge crowd at Eldoretâ€™s 64 Stadium.
â€œToday is the 27th and there are 10 days to Saba Saba. Let us dialogue or elseâ€¦.,â€ said Mr Odinga as the crowd chanted â€œsaba, saba, all that we want is liberation.â€
Mr Odinga insisted that it was the constitutional right of Kenyans to hold rallies and that they (Cord) would not be intimidated by threats of arrest.
A resurgent CORD is now confident to move forward with CORD supporters from Mt Kenya region calling on Raila to hold a similar rally in the president’s Kiambu county to demonstrate that all Kenyans are united around the contentious issues afflicting them mainly insecurity and the ever rising cost of living.
Raila’s emphatic message that he was not interested in nusu mkate seem to have resonated well with a section of Jubilee supporters especially the Kalenjin nation most of whom have lost hope in the parasitic Jubilee regime.
Earlier the Cord principal Raila Odinga and opposition leaders landed in Eldoret Friday morning amid tight security, with the former Prime Minister criticising area governor Jackson Mandago for causing tension ahead of their rally at the 64 Stadium in the town.
Police in Eldoret left nothing to chance ahead of the much anticipated opposition alliance rally, assigning an overwhelming number of officers to the town, with some imported from neighbouring Nandi, Elgeyo Marakwet and Trans Nzoia counties to shore up the forces on the ground.
Speaking immediately after he landed at the homestead of former Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) chairman, the late Said Keitany, at the Islamic Centre area, Mr Odinga said the governor did not have any business highlighting security concerns saying the issue was â€œnot his mandate.â€
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