ODM leader Raila Odinga in second tour of Coast region in a month


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Raila Odinga addressing Shinyalu residents on Tuesday. [Photo/Courtesy]

The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader, Raila Odinga, will begin his second tour of the Coast region in a month on Tuesday as he seeks to consolidate his support in the region.

The opposition leader, who returned to the country on Sunday, September 18 from a four-day visit to Germany, will visit the counties of Taita-Taveta and Kwale in his four-day tour which ends on Friday, September 23, 2016.

Mr Odinga will hold a series of meetings with ODM and community grassroots leaders in Oloitokitok, Taveta, Wundanyi, Mwatate and Voi between Tuesday and Thursday.

On Friday, Mr Odinga will be in Kwale County for meetings with ODM and community leaders, including religious leaders in Ukunda and Kwale Town.

Odinga’s last tour of the region was in August where he visited Kwale and Tana River Counties, though slipping Taita Taveta over time constraint.

The Coast region is widely regarded as ODM’s citadel, having overwhelmingly voted for the CORD leader during the 2013 General Election.

In the poll, 74.9 per cent (612,057) of voters in the Coast region voted for Raila Odinga while 19.3 per cent (158,083) voted for Uhuru Kenyatta with Musalia Mudavadi and Peter Kenneth garnering 10,564 and 7,820 votes respectively.

During the tour, Odinga is expected to focus on a number of issues including the Jubilee government scorecard, recent cases of defection in both ODM and Jubilee and his party’s preparedness for the 2017 General Election.

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