The Orange party through its Reloaded Brigade comprising 10 youthful MPs has hit the ground to popularise ODM and seek support for the Premier.
This came to the fore when the team led by Trade Assistant Minister Manson Nyamweya embarked on a four-day tour of South Nyanza to consolidate support in Raila’s backyard.
Being one of the campaign arms charged with the responsibility of clearing the way and laying ground for the PM, ODM Reloaded is pushing the message that it was time Mt Kenya and Rift Valley supported others to ascend to power.
Housing Assistant Minister Margaret Wanjiru, a member of the Reloaded team says Central Kenya and the Rift Valley have held the presidency close to 50 years and it was only fair that other parts of the country be given a chance to exercise power.
“This time we’re saying Kenya’s fourth president must come from elsewhere other than Central and the Rift,” Bishop Wanjiru, who is Starehe MP told a series of rallies in Kisii and Nyamira counties.
She argued that the two regions should be comfortable with deputising the president given that they have ruled the country through the founding president Jomo Kenyatta, President Moi and now his successor President Kibaki.
“We are ready to take number two this coming polls so that the rest can have a test of power as well,” she said.
Presidential aspirants outside the two regions include Raila, his deputy Musalia Mudavadi (UDF), Vice-President Kalonzo Muysoka (WDP), Justice Minister Eugene Wamalwa (New Ford-Kenya), Raphael Tuju (POA), Gachoka MP Mutava Musyimi, former PS James ole Kiyiapi and Moses Wetangula (Ford Kenya).
However, that message will not be taken kindly by presidential hopefuls Narc Kenya leader Martha Karua, DPM Uhuru Kenyatta of TNA, Planning assistant minister Peter Kenneth who hail from Central Kenya and URP’s William Ruto of Rift Valley.
Contenders in the two targeted regions have been campaigning on a platform of personal credentials.
Uhuru has categorically stated that he should not be denied a chance to lead Kenya on account that his father held the seat.