By Stephen Makabila and Edwin Cheserek
Leading presidential aspirants have now taken heightened campaigns for crucial support to another level, now raiding each other’s home-turf.
Over the past few weeks, none of the aspirants has had his/her hometurf safe as competition hits fever pitch, even with a whooping eigth-month to the tentative March 4 election date.
Last weekend, Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta pitched tent in Eldoret North MP William Ruto’s North-Rift, with rallies in Turkana county.
As Uhuru was criss-crossing Turkana, Ruto was in Narok, at the southern end of the expansive Rift Valley region, consolidating home support.
And while Uhuru was in Rift Valley, fellow DPM Musalia Mudavadi had just concluded his in-roads in Central Kenya, where he plainly challeged the Gatundu South MP to back his presidential bid.
After Central, Mudavadi went down to Nyanza, to raid Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s South Nyanza, with rallies in Migori, Kisii and Nyamira counties.
Mudavadi has equally campaigned vigorously in Rift Valley over the last few weeks, especially in the North-Rift, believed to be the bossom of Ruto’s political support in the province.
Raila, who is out on an official visit to China, plans to tour Central, starting from Nyandarua when he comes back.
The PM has had several forays in Central and the Meru regions, where Imenti Central MP Gitobu Imanyara has emerged as his pointman in the Mt Kenya region.
Raila has also criss-crossed Rift Valley, with his latest rallies having been at Nakuru and Eldama-Ravine.