In Summary
  • Mr Odinga held a meeting with nominated MP Maina Kamanda to formulate strategies for clinching the November 7 by-election.
  • Mr Odinga is banking on city Luhya MPs George Aladwa and Tim Wanyonyi (Westlands) to work closely with Mr Mohamed in delivering the vote alongside ODM Secretary-General Edwin Sifuna.

Opposition leader Raila Odinga has adopted a new political strategy ahead of the Kibra by-election to ward off an onslaught from football star McDonald Mariga and retain the seat.

For the first time in his nearly three decades of firm grip on Kibra politics, Mr Odinga is using the door-to-door approach in the ODM campaigns to retain the seat as opposed to the frenzied public rallies his supporters are accustomed to.

“This time we are going from door to door. We have left rallies to Owalo (ANC candidate) and Mudavadi,” ODM Director of Elections Junet Mohamed told the Sunday Nation.

The change of tack by ODM saw a rally that was to be held at the DC’s grounds cancelled.

“Today we are going to all the SDA Churches in Kibra to talk to the people on the need for peaceful campaigns and elections, which has always been the hallmark of ODM’s philosophy,” said Mr Mohamed, the Suna East MP.

SUPPORT BASE

The seat fell vacant following the death of Ken Okoth on July 26. The ODM candidate, Mr Imran Okoth, will square it out with Mr Mariga of Jubilee, Eliud Owalo of Amani National Congress (ANC) and Ford Kenya’s Hamisi Butichi.

Those close to Mr Odinga - including sitting MPs - say the seat means a lot to the party boss, who has taken it upon himself to lead the campaigns for Mr Okoth, unlike the Ugenya and Embakasi South by-elections mid this year, which saw him keep off completely.

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