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Kenya – Uhuru and Raila battle for swing votes

Star (Kenya)

Jun. 19, 2017, 1:00 am

President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy Willliam Ruto greet residents of Kiambu during a meet-the-people tour of the area on Sunday. /REBECCA NDUKU/DPPS
President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy Willliam Ruto greet residents of Kiambu during a meet-the-people tour of the area on Sunday. /REBECCA NDUKU/DPPS

Both President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM candidate Raila Odinga are focussing their attention on swing votes as they consolidate their strongholds, five weeks to the election.

The plan by both candidates is to ensure that their strongholds turn out, almost to the last man and woman, to vote for them as they seek swing votes from regions their strategists describe as battlegrounds.

Bomet, Narok, Kisii, Meru and Tharaka Nithi are among the 13 counties that have become the epicentre of a ferocious political battle between Kenyatta and Odinga. Of the 13 swing counties, Odinga won seven counties at the last election, while Uhuru ran away with six.

Kenyatta beat Odinga in Isiolo, garnering 26,401 against Raila’s 14,108, in Mandera he got 94,433 against Raila’s 4,366, while in Kajiado Uhuru led by 138, 851 against Raila’s 117,856.

Kenyatta also beat Odinga in West Pokot, garnering 79,772 against 24,952.

However, Odinga beat Kenyatta in Nairobi by 691,156 against 659,490, Turkana 68,402 against Uhuru’s 30,285, Samburu 31,086 against 22,085, Trans Nzoia 92,035 against 74,466, Wajir 49,712 against 38,927, and Narok 118,623 against 109,413. In total, Odinga won in 27 of the 47 counties. An internal NASA document claims that the counties where Odinga won in 2013 had a total of 8,373,840 voters, compared to 5,977,056 in the 20 counties won by Uhuru. According to the strategy document seen by the Star, Odinga was disadvantaged by turnout.

The counties won by Odinga averaged a turnout rate of about 83 per cent compared to counties won by Uhuru that averaged 89.7 per cent.

At the same time, where Uhuru won, he won big, averaging 86 per cent of the votes.

Odinga’s average vote share in the 27 counties was a mere 70 per cent.

In what has given birth to the controversial slogan “10 Million Strong”, NASA says if the 2013 voting patterns are maintained, the counties won by Raila currently have 10,547,913 registered voters, compared to 7,556,609 in the counties where Uhuru prevailed.

This means Odinga’s chances of unseating Kenyatta are hinged on turnout.

Raila, who concluded a two-days campaign blitz in Meru and Tharaka Nithi counties on Saturday, the fourth such visit in six months, is convinced that he will get maximum turnout.

“The overwhelming reception we got from those two areas leaves no doubt that the ground has shifted in our favour,” said Raila yesterday. After visiting his home county of Kiambu yesterday, Uhuru will head to Meru to try and undo any gains Raila may have made. Raila is also heading to Western Kenya this week to seek to do the same in the wake of UhuRuto’s campaign tour of last week.

Although latest opinion polls have suggested a runoff, both NASA and Jubilee are pushing for round one victory.

Both sides are going flat out to get the majority votes in the counties of Nairobi, Narok, Kajiado, Turkana, West Pokot, Samburu, Trans Nzoia, Wajir, Mandera, Marsabit, Isiolo, Turkana and Samburu.

Once considered to be under lock and key by Jubilee, Meru is becoming restive and recent events in the area have alarmed the ruling party to the possibility that Raila could be penetrating the region.

In his last two visits, including last weekend, Raila drew large, enthusiastic crowds that have made NASA buoyant.

“If President Uhuru Kenyatta will not change the team in Meru, it will cost him a great deal in this election,” Meru Governor Peter Munya warned recently.

Jubilee’s Meru campaign team is led by Senator Kiraitu Murungi and Igembe South MP Mithika Linturi, but Munya said the two have “lost touch with the voters” and have no clout to deliver votes to Jubilee.

At a recent Jubilee function in Igembe North constituency, Kiraitu, once seen as the region’s political supremo, was shouted down, when he tried to dissuade locals against the former Prime Minister.

In a video recording that has gone viral, the people of Igembe North shouted “NASA!” in what appears to have surprised Kiraitu, who stood beside Igembe North parliamentary aspirant Maoka Maore.

In an interview with the Star, Jubilee Mount Kenya Youth Chairman Linford Mutembei said Uhuru should visit Meru “as things are getting out of hand”.

“He should come in person and camp in Meru for about three days. The President should also form a new campaign team with a youthful face if he wants to win in Meru. Otherwise the majority of the Meru electorates will vote for NASA,” Mutembei warned.

The NASA Coordinator in Tharaka Nithi, Prof Isaiah Kindiki, brother of Senate Minority leader Kithure Kindiki, said the region is tired of Jubilee’s empty rhetoric when the people are wallowing in poverty.

“NASA has not penetrated Meru, it has grown from within,” Prof Isiah Kindiki emphatically told the Star.

However, a recent opinion poll by Ipsos paints a different picture. Released on May 30, the poll indicates that Uhuru would win the Eastern region, that also includes NASA running mate Kalonzo Musyoka’s Ukambani turf, by 51 per cent.

Raila would secure only 36 per cent of the vote, the poll showed.

Last week, Uhuru gave Sh828 million to IDPs displaced 10 years ago in a gesture that has triggered jitters in opposition circles to the effect that Jubilee is bankrolling its reelection bid using State coffers.

But that is not all.

Since their election in 2013, Ruto has visited Kisii more than 20 times. In a deliberate campaign message, Uhuru and Ruto claim to have given high profile jobs to Gusii leaders, among them Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i and Chief Justice David Maraga.

The latter move however backfired, after the Judicial Service Commission rebuffed the President, saying any implication “that the appointment of the CJ was part of a political scheme is a grave distortion of law and fact”.

In an interview with the Star, Mutembei said the rivalry between Kiraitu and Munya for the county’s top is hurting Uhuru’s reelection prospects in the region.

He urged Uhuru not take sides in the war.

But Kiraitu, through his director of communication Patrick Muriungi, said the perception that NASA is gaining ground in Meru and Tharaka Nithi counties is a fallacy.

He said Raila should not be cheated by psyched-up crowds that he will actually get their votes.

“These crowds will not translate into votes as the two counties will vote for President Kenyatta in the August polls, according to all the voting patterns,” Muriungi said.

He accused ODM coordinator Mike Mutembei of hiring people to shout down Jubilee leaders and attend Raila rallies when he visits to please the ODM supremo in order to get handouts.

Kenya – Jubilee calls for probe over alleged Odinga hate speech

Star (Kenya)

Probe Raila over ‘hate’ remarks, Jubilee asks NCIC

Jun. 16, 2017, 3:00 pm
Opposition leader Raila Odinga receives Kajiado politician Tarayia ole Kores to ODM Party in Maili 46, Kajiado West on Thursday, June 15, 2017. /FILE
Jubilee Party has written to NCIC chair Francis Kaparo asking him to investigate opposition leader Raila Odinga over hate speech.

This followed comments by the NASA presidential flag bearer during his tour of Kajiado County on Thursday.

Raila asked the residents to protect their lands and not sell them to ‘outsiders’.

“…until now there is no land because of poverty…we want to change that so that people don’t sell their parcels.”

“Keep your land with you so that you don’t cry foul later on…let the buyers remain at their places of origin,” Raila said.

Jubilee views the comments as amounting to hate speech and want the opposition chief probed over the utterances.

In a letter seen by the Star on Friday, Secretary General Raphael Tuju said the comments are likely to spark violence.

“We all know that it only requires a very small match to start a very large and dangerous fire. With these comments, Raila has struck that match.”

“…the use of irresponsible and inflammatory language will ignite tensions within local communities and can only be regarded as hate speech,” Tuju said.

He asked the commission to review the utterances and establish whether NASA contravened the law with respect to hate speech.

“Raila’s language must be challenged today in the most robust terms. Kenya must move forward as a united nation and not be allowed to fall back into the hands of the abyss of violence.”

He said anyone, regardless of their position in the country, should not be allowed to incite such tensions and violence ahead of the August elections.

“They must face the full force of the law and this must be demonstrated publicly so that Kenyans and the whole world can see that such behavior will not be condoned,” he said.

Tuju demanded that the NCIC and other investigating agencies rein in Raila to put a stop to “the dangerous comments.”

The letter was copied to the Law Society of Kenya, IEBC, heads of diplomatic missions, Kenya National Commission on Human Rights and religious organisations.

“It is the responsibility of all good people of Kenya never to be silent when we recognise that some among us seek to take us down a dangerous path that could destroy this country,” he said.

This came after President Uhuru Kenyatta told off Raila for inciting Kenyans to violence.

He said Raila is treading the same path that led to the 2007/2008 post election violence.

“Yesterday he was talking about ‘wenye inchi‘ and ‘wenye wanafaa kurudi kwao‘ (those who belong and those who should return to where they came from) … and that is the same language he used to create conflict last time,” the President said in Bomet.

Nominated MP and JP Nairobi senator aspirant Johnson Sakaja said Raila has “crossed the red line and should be tamed now.”

“We all have the experience. People have lost their loved ones. People have been maimed. People have been injured. Scars still exist.”

“Even within the context of a power struggle that we are in right now, there is a line that we cannot allow any politician to pass,” Sakaja said.

Kenya- inside the Kenyatta election machine

Star (Kenya)

Mar. 27, 2017, 12:30 am
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Deputy President William Ruto chats with President Uhuru Kenyatta during Jubilee party rally at Tononoka grounds in Mombasa in March.Photo / JOHN CHESOLI

PRESIDENT Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee Party has crafted an elaborate reelection plan and hired over 300 Secretariat staff as he kick-starts a grueling reelection battle against the National Super Alliance.

The hundreds of staff, hosted at the JP’s state-of-the-art headquarters at Pangani Junction, Nairobi, include data experts, statistical analysts and communication professionals.

The staff has intricate links to the grassroots, and will work round-the-clock to interpret information compiled in the field by a dedicated network of coordinators to ensure synchronised and seamless communication.

For the first time, Jubilee’s Head of Secretariat and Secretary General Raphael Tuju disclosed that they are also recruiting 200,000 volunteers who will be on grassroots campaigns across all the 47 counties.

But while volunteers will only be given “a token of appreciation”, all the other secretariat staff will be on the JP payroll, signaling the strong financial war chest of President Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto.

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This means that the Jubilee machine is slowly beginning to roar after a bumpy start full of infighting and suspicion among affiliate parties.

Part of the Secretariat team’s terms of reference are to map out the country and after analysing internal opinion polls sanctioned by the Party, assign percentage vote targets for Jubilee in every county. At the apex of the UhuRuto reelection machine is Tuju.

Other operatives in commanding positions are former State House political adviser Nancy Gitau, Jubilee Alliance Party vice-chairman David Murathe and Veronica Maina, the immediate former Secretary General, who is now the party’s deputy chair in charge of Strategy.

The Star has established that Jubilee has hired veteran journalist Alex Chamwada as part of its media and communications team.

Part of his mandate will be to lay out complex media and communication strategies and package Uhuru for a second term.

The Opposition is believed to have dented Uhuru and Ruto’s image, discrediting Jubilee as failed, indifferent, irredeemably corrupt and a two-tribe outfit. NASA boss Raila Odinga has been on a massive negative-publicity campaign, accusing Uhuru of what he calls economic exclusion, failure to address historical injustices, including recommendations of the TJRC Report, and weakening devolution by denying resources to the counties.

Speaking to journalists on Friday, Tuju said it is the media department that will work in publicising the party and ensuring JP is able to pass its key messages to the public.

“The mandate of the media department will be to work and ensure that the supporters of Jubilee and Kenyans in general know what is happening in their party and they also are the people who will be linking the party to the media and press,” Tuju said.

The department has a staff of close to 20 personnel, including Chamwada. The volunteers, Tuju said, will be answerable to the county coordinators.

“Apart from the volunteers, we expect that those who will have clinched the party ticket to vie for various positions in elective posts will not only be required to campaign for themselves but also will be required to campaign for the President,” Tuju revealed.

The data entry department has close to 50 staff and is headed by a Jubilee Party elections board member. The personnel in this department have been mandated with the role of analysing data that will be used to determine JP’s stakes across the country.

The department works closely with 47 other county representatives and another 18 regional directors who will be giving reports on the situation on the ground – nationwide.

“Each county has its own desk here who keep contact with regional and county coordinators to know the situation on the ground,” Tuju said, taking reporters on a guided tour around the expansive eight-storey facility.

The party has mapped each county and determined the percentage of votes it intends to scoop in specific counties, depending on the support the party enjoys.

At the Coast, for example, the party targets to scoop only 30 per cent of the total votes in a bid to loosen Raila’s stranglehold on the region.

In Central and Rift Valley, Jubilee’s foremost strongholds, the Party targets to scoop 98 per cent of the total votes. Other regions mapped out by both Jubilee and NASA as battlegrounds are Kisii, Nyamira, parts of Eastern and Northeastern.

In these regions, Jubilee plans to outwit NASA by scoring between 50 to 70 per cent of the total votes.

Tuju expressed confidence that Jubilee will trounce NASA and win the majority in both Houses of the bicameral Parliament.

“NASA may be holding rallies – but it is yet another smokescreen. They have no flagbearer, no strategy, no vision, they only stand a chance of winning by cheating,” the former Rarieda MP claimed. It has also emerged that Jubilee received a total of 8,622 applicants for its party ticket across the country. This means that the Party has received millions in nomination fees.

Governors paid Sh400,000 as nomination fees while Senators, MPs and Woman representatives each paid Sh250,000.

Currently, the data entry department has been tasked with the role of sorting out the nomination details of all the aspirants.

“I bet that there is no other party with the same level of thoroughness and preparedness as Jubilee Party,” Tuju concluded.

Kenya – Kenyatta performance ratings dropping

Star (Kenya)

Feb. 14, 2017, 2:00 am

President Uhuru Kenyatta. Latest Ipsos polls indicate that his ratings have dropped by sic percent to 57 per cent.
President Uhuru Kenyatta. Latest Ipsos polls indicate that his ratings have dropped by sic percent to 57 per cent.

With only 175 days to Election Day, President Uhuru Kenyatta’s approval ratings have dropped by six per cent, despite his being the “most inspiring” leader, an Ipsos poll indicates.

The poll shows that though 66 per cent say they have confidence in the President, only 57 per cent approve of his performance in the last three months.

According to the poll, Uhuru’s performance approval ratings have dropped from 78 per cent in 2014 to 57 per cent this year.

This is however not the lowest score the President has had, having been given an approval rating of 47 per cent in another Ipsos poll – released in November 2015.

A total of 2,097 respondents were interviewed in this survey. The margin of error was -/+2.16 with a confidence level of 95%.

In terms of confidence levels, 42 per cent of respondents said they have a lot of confidence in Uhuru, this is compared to 28 per cent who say the same for Raila Odinga.

“Even among Opposition supporters, he wins more than twice as much of the highest confidence rating (“a lot of confidence”) than does Deputy President William Ruto,” Ipsos leader researcher Tom Wolf explained.

Confidence levels for all the main Opposition leaders are considerably lower, but Raila has the highest.

This is about twice the level that it is for his nearest NASA colleague, Kalonzo Musyoka.

In the poll, 35 per cent of those sampled were of the opinion that the Head of State performed poorly in the last three months and a paltry 8 per cent had no opinion.

Those who have approved of the President’s performance over the last three months attributed it to infrastructure (41 per cent), improving the education system (14 per cent), the economy (11 per cent) and combating corruption (seven per cent).

Those against Uhuru’s performance cited abetting corruption (46 per cent), the economy (18 per cent), labour relations and strikes (eight per cent) and poor infrastructure (5 per cent).

Interestingly, the President’s performance seemed to be acknowledged even in areas that are believed to belong to the Opposition.

Some 66 per cent of Mombasa residents approved his performance as well as 52 per cent of Western residents.

“So when you see Jubilee leaders go vote hunting in some of these strongholds that supposedly belong to the Opposition, even without our data they may think they have an argument, so we can see that there is some potential,” Wolf said.

Wolf said that almost half of those who approved the President’s performance feel that the country was heading in the right direction.

On the other hand, those who disapproved of the performance, 84 per cent, said that the country was heading in the wrong direction.

The data also show 81 per cent of those interviewed said that Uhuru was responsible for the country heading in the right direction.

However, 59 per cent said that he should be blamed if the country is heading the wrong direction.

“We wanted to know how could people think that the country is heading in the right direction and still approve of the President’s performance?” said Wolf.

The high cost of living (22 per cent); corruption (21 per cent); lack of employment, (17 per cent); and the ongoing drought (14 per cent) were some of the problems that Kenyans said they face.

Among Jubilee supporters, 24 per cent also identified corruption as a major problem in Kenya, compared to Cord’s 20 per cent.

Twenty-one per cent of Jubilee supporters mentioned the high cost of living, 17 per cent said hunger and drought were a problem and only 13 per cent identified unemployment as an issue.

Kenya – Ruto goes on offensive against5 opposition

Star (Kenya)

Feb. 03, 2017, 3:00 pm

Deputy President William Ruto addresses Jubilee delegates during their meeting in Watamu, KIlifi county, February 3, 2017. /DPPS
Deputy President William Ruto addresses Jubilee delegates during their meeting in Watamu, KIlifi county, February 3, 2017. /DPPS

Opposition leaders have failed to explain how billions of shillings released to counties allied to them since 2013 have been used, the DP has said.

William Ruto said this at the start of his five-day Coast tour on Friday, adding the Opposition has lied to residents about service by the national government.

Ruto said the fact is that counties in the region have been receiving the billions for service to the people. He noted that the constitution is very clear on the roles of national and county governments.

“Does it mean it was not the right of the Coastal people to be served by governments when Opposition leaders Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka served as Prime Minister and Vice President respectively? Is it only during the Jubilee’s rule that people here have a right to be served?” he asked.

“It is time you ignored the Opposition’s lies and propaganda about development projects initiated by Jubilee in this region. They should tell us what they did for you when they served in government for more than 30 years instead of criticising our development projects.”

The Deputy President reiterated that the leaders have achieved nothing despite once serving as Prime Minister, Vice President and ministers.

Ruto also repeated that the Opposition has no development agenda for the country but that the national government has done its part.

He said leaders opposed to the government have not questioned misuse and diversion of funds from counties they “control”.

“It is as if the billions we send to counties should not be used to serve the people. All they keep complaining about is that the national government must do everything. What of the county governments?” he posed.

“Our development track record for this region speaks for itself. We are tarmacking 250-kilomtere of roads in this county, connected 102,000 residents to power up from 48,000 in 2013, upgraded two referral hospital, started Ronald Ngala Utalii College, solving land problems among other projects.”

Ruto said Raila and his team were yet to come to terms with the fact that politics of propaganda and tribalism cannot help unite and develop Kenya.

“You cannot do the same thing over and over again and expect different results,” he said.

The DP asked the people to reject the Opposition as they have no capacity and the willingness to solve the challenges the region is facing.

He told youths to take the lead by registering in large numbers as voters so as to participate in electing progressive leaders who are committed to addressing their challenges.

Ruto addressed a leaders’ meeting and a public rally at Watamu grounds, Kilifi county, during voter registration campaigns. He also addressed public rallies in Gede, Tezo, Kilifi, Vipingo, Kikambala and Mtwapa grounds.

The DP was with leaders including MPs Gideon Mungaro (Kilifi North), Mustapha Iddi (Kilifi South), Zeinab Chidzuga (Kwale woman representative), Emma Mbura (Nominated), Harry Kombe (Magarini) and Peter Shehe (Ganze).

Mung’aro said Coas residents will not be misled into supporting Opposition leaders, whom he said have failed to solve their problems.

He said Kilifi county was among those that receive billions of shillings every year but claim misuse of resources by those in charge of the county.

“It is time we registered in large numbers and support Jubilee in the August 8 election because it has the interest of Coastal people at heart,” he said.

The leaders accused the Opposition of criticising Jubilee projects in the region yet they have nothing to compare them with.

Kenya – Odinga says former Cabinet Sescretary ally behind voter registration manipulation

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Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga who on February 1, 2017 claimed a former Cabinet Secretary is the mastermind of an elaborate voter listing fraud. PHOTO | ISAAC ONGIRI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga, who on February 1, 2017 claimed a former Cabinet secretary is the mastermind of an elaborate voter listing fraud. PHOTO | ISAAC ONGIRI | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

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Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga has claimed a former Cabinet Secretary is the mastermind of an elaborate voter listing fraud in the ongoing mass voter registration exercise.

Mr Odinga alleged the opposition had discovered registration of persons with strange national identification (ID) numbers in a major syndicate masterminded by a person he claimed was a former cabinet secretary and several former IEBC staff.

He did not name the said former minister but revealed he is among those fired by President Uhuru Kenyatta over corruption claims.

He presented a list of 19 strange ID numbers registered in single and double digits to BVR clerks at Lavington Primary School in Karen where the names were confirmed to have been registered.

“Today, we are here to demonstrate that the IEBC is currently registering foreigners and strangers to vote in the August 2017 election,” said Mr Odinga.

He added: “Our investigation has confirmed that numbers that do not qualify as identity card numbers have been used to register voters in parts of the country and that is responsible for what is being presented as high turnout in voter registration in those regions.”

Persons by the names Gitonga Wilson Kimathii, Kanja Julius Ngede, Kihinge Evans Kariuki, Kirinya Victoria Gatwiri, Mu Ko, Mugara Duncan, Muia Mbinya, Wanjiru Caroline Nduta were found to have been registered under document identification number 2.

The former prime minister provided 19 ID numbers he claimed had been used to register strangers.

Such numbers do not exist at the National Registrar of Persons database and it is not clear how the number was used to register different persons and whether the named individuals exist.

“We have information that the doctoring of the IEBC registration software was done intentionally by former employees of IEBC who are aliened to Jubilee as a way to ensure Jubilee strongholds register more voters,” Mr Odinga said.

Mr Odinga said that a senior Jubilee official was coordinating the fraudulent registration and that the former cabinet minister is working from the said official’s home to feed the IEBC data base with foreign and none existent voters.

Said Mr Odinga: “But it is also possible that the names popping up under the fake ID numbers may be non-existent. These could be virtual voters, non-existent human beings being included in the IEBC register to create room for ballot stuffing during elections.”

Mr Odinga said that the manipulation was done to ensure that single digit number can be used to register foreigners or even those without IDs.

He challenged the IEBC to come clean on the matter and said the opposition will insist on a thoroughly audited voters’ list.

Kenya – Raila’s ODM dream tream for the next election

Star (Kenya)

Raila election “Dream Team” in three-week offensive

Sep. 28, 2016, 5:00 am

ODM party leader Raila Odinga holds hands in solidarity with his ODM deputies Wycliffe Oparanya and Hassan Joho during ODM 10@10 celebrations held at Mama Ngina drive in Mombasa on September 11, 2016. Photo/ JOHN CHESOLI
ODM party leader Raila Odinga holds hands in solidarity with his ODM deputies Wycliffe Oparanya and Hassan Joho during ODM 10@10 celebrations held at Mama Ngina drive in Mombasa on September 11, 2016. Photo/ JOHN CHESOLI

Opposition chief Raila Odinga and his “Dream Team” have stepped up the offensive against Jubilee and pitched the theme of economic exclusion and sabotage of non-supporters.

They also have planned a hectic schedule of activities for the former Prime Minister in his presidential bid.

The ODM squad led by Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho, known as the “Dream Team”, yesterday said Jubilee’s economic exclusion and sabotage include flooding Kisumu with cheap imports of Chinese fish and moving the Port of Mombasa.

“The port is moving to a different part of the country through a policy that remains not too well disguised. That is economic sabotage … Rice is being imported from Pakistan in exchange for tea exports. That is economic sabotage,” Joho said at Raila’s Nairobi office yesterday.

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ODM rising star: Kilifi Woman MP Asha Juma at Empatipat Maasai moran ceremony Photo/File

Joho, known as the ODM “superman”, will spearhead Raila’s 2017 campaign.

At a press conference, Johoaid no regime in independent Kenya has been as “exclusive and divisive” as Jubilee.

“Jubilee has spent the last four years fighting to destroy everything the people want,” he said. Joho said Jubilee is fighting devolution, fighting the Constitution and fighting full disclosure and implementation of the Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission report.

“In the process, they are stealing from the people and making new promises. Corruption has reached levels never seen before, even in our worst years … That is why he [President Uhuru Kenyatta ] doesn’t understand why other people are not eating meat, while he does.”

Joho was accompanied by Junet, Kisumu Governor Jack Ranguma and Kisumu Senator Anyang’ Nyong’o.

Fiery Raila defender: Suna East MP Junet Mohammed during his home coming party at Migori stadium in July Photo/File

Other members of the Dream Team are Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya, Kajiado Central MP Elijah Memusi and woman MPs Mishi Mboko (Mombasa) and her Kilifi counterpart Aisha Jumwa (Kilifi). Others are ODM chairman John Mbadi and secretary general Agnes Zani.

ODM’s new rallying cry against President Uhuru Kenyatta involves claims of economic exclusion of non-supporters, economic sabotage and mega graft.

“Jubilee does not deserve a second term because of its deliberate policy of economic sabotage. It is impoverishing communities and regions t perceives to be non-supportive,” Joho said.

“Even the new Jubilee Party logo — Uhuru and Ruto holding hands — shows it is about two people and their communities. But even those communities are beginning to realise they are being used for individual gains by the leaders. They are asking questions.”

Dream team: ODM party acting Secretary General Agnes Zani consult during the party’s National Executive meeting at the Orange House on July 14, 2016. Photo/Jack Owuor

Hectic schedule

The Dream Team has postponed Raila’s Eldoret rally on Saturday — instead he will attend a church event there. The region is considered the backyard of DP William Ruto.

“We didn’t want to interrupt Raila’s church function with politics,” ODM director of elections Junet Mohamed told the Star.

Instead, a two-day blitz is planned in Raila’s backyard.

The Eldoret rally could be held on October 8, as the opposition storms the region perceived to be under Jubilee lock and key.

The opposition supremo then will join his troops for a Saturday rally, a mammoth gathering in the lakeside city.

On Sunday, Raila flew to South Africa on undisclosed business after visiting veteran politician and Maasai elder John Keen at the Aga Khan Hospital in Nairobi.

He was back in time for a two-day charm offensive in Narok on Thursday and Friday as the battle for the Maasai vote intensifies.

Raila will first meet leaders in Kilgoris town on Thursday, then attend a rally there.

He will address another rally in Aitong in Narok West constituency that afternoon. He flies to Narok town the next day.

He will spend Friday in Narok town where he will address grassroots leaders in the morning and address a rally in the afternoon. He will open and office in Dikkir and meet local leaders his spokesman Dennis Onyango said.

During the burial of former Minister William Ole Ntimama on September 14, Raila and Uhuru had an ugly exchange about Ntimama’s political allegiance and those who eat meat, meaning those in power, and those who just salivate, meaning the opposition. That signalled the duel over the Maasai vote.

The opposition promises to make Uhuru a one-term head of state, no mean feat since there hasn’t been a one-term President in independent Kenya.

Just last week, Raila combed villages in Taita Taveta and Kwale for support as he aims to ring-fence the Coast region, long considered an opposition bastion. But Jubilee has made inroads.

But days after his departure, his Cord co-principal and Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka headed to the region.

Kalonzo will camp in Mombasa on Saturday and Sunday to popularise his bid for the Cord presidential ticket. He will meet regional Wiper delegates on Saturday and hold a mega rally at the Tononoka Grounds on Sunday.

ODM also plans another three-day jamboree in Nairobi to mark ODM’s 10th anniversary. It’s schedule for October 14, 15 and 16.

A similar colourful event was held in Mombasa two weeks ago, coinciding with the launch of the Jubilee Party on September 10 in Nairobi.

ODM party cahirman John Mbadi. Photo/ Jack Owuor

Yesterday, Nairobi county ODM chairman George Aladwa told the Star the three-day fete would be bigger than the Mombasa bash.

“We will have a delegates conference on the 15th, followed by a meet-the-people tour of Nairobi, capped off with a grand rally,” the former mayor said.

Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero, known to have a formidable war chest, will be at the centre of the Nairobi fete.

Celebrations will continue in ODM controlled counties as Raila sets the stage for a do-or-die rematch with Uhuru.

Raila has been keen to lock out Jubilee from Nyanza, Western and the Coast.

The return to the ODM fold of Funyula MP Paul Otuoma has bolstered his bid to ring-fence Western. Otuoma had relinquished his position as ODM vice chairman and head of national security.

Sources said the ex-Prime Minister is also scheduled to travel to Marsabit although the dates have not been confirmed.

Pastoralist communities are turning into a battleground between Jubilee and Cord and are believed to be the 2017 swing vote.