By WILLIS OKETCH and PATRICK BEJA
He said he and Mudavadi were merely going round the country to meet party delegates after the recent grassroots polls.
"I want to discount media propaganda that Mudavadi and I are in intensified campaigns for the ODM ticket. We are going round the country to meet party delegates who were elected recently," Raila said.
He spoke at the Wild Waters Centre where he met about 240 delegates from Changamwe, Likoni, Mvita and Kisauni who endorsed him as the partyâs presidential flag bearer.
At the same time, Raila explained that grievances raised by the Mombasa Republican Council originated from marginalisation of the Coast region by successive governments.
He said land ownership and lack of opportunities including jobs and grinding poverty led to the disquiet in the region.
"The MRC youth are carrying the Kenya si Pwani placards to express their frustration because of many years of discrimination. This requires a political solution and not the use of force. We should ask them why they are saying so," Raila said.
Earlier, Lands minister James Orengo said MRC should be legalised so as to facilitate talks and resolve any dispute.
Orengo commended Raila for agreeing to open dialogue with MRC so as to put the matter to rest ahead of the elections.
"There is no need of condemning the group unheard because it appears they have genuine grievances over historical injustices," Orengo said.
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