By Robert Nyasato
After two-week break to bury a minister, his assistant, and police officers killed in the June 10 Ngong chopper crash, this weekend presidential contenders get back on the campaign trail.
Prime Minister Raila odinga who suspended his tour of Nakuru County on the day of the crash that killed former Internal Security Minister and also presidential contestant, George Saitoti and Assistant Minister Orwa Ojode, will be in Kisii on Sunday.
The Orange Democratic Movement leader, who is on a State visit to Moscow, returns Friday and is expected to join ‘ODM Reloaded’ campaign, which is already in Nyamira and Kisii counties.
Raila is expected to address a rally at Gusii Stadium on Sunday, a culmination of four-day on-the-road campaigns by the ‘ODM Reloaded’ team.
The ‘Reloaded’ team comprising ten youthful MPs led by Trade Assistant Minister and South Mugirango MP Manson Nyamweya Thursday started a tour of consolidating support for the PM in Kisii, Nyamira, and will head to Migori County on Saturday.
“We are preparing ground for the PM’s meeting on Sunday to mobilise support for his presidential bid,” Nyamweya told The Standard.
United Republican Party (leader William Ruto also returns to the presidential race campaign today in Mandera, North Eastern Province. Ruto and all top URP leaders, among them, chairman Francis ole Kaparo, and Trade Minister Ali Chirau Mwakere, Dujis MP Aden Duale, Kaloleni MP Kazungu Kambi, and local leaders are expected to attend.
URP will move to Wajir County tomorrow where they will again hold leaders’ meetings and rallies in Wajir and Habaswein towns before winding up with similar meetings in Garissa on Sunday.
Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi who also cancelled his tour of Kitale, Eldoret, Iten, Kabarnet, and Mogotio after the crash is expected to hit the road again tomorrow.
He will return to Western Province for a county-run in Kakamega tomorrow, before moving to Busia, and winding up his weekend programme in the North Rift.