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Azimio to hold public rallies as section of leaders and NCIC urge them to suspend the campaigns

3rd February, 2023

Since Azimio la Umoja One Kenya leader Raila Odinga began public meetings to take on President William Ruto's administration, some of his key allies have been missing in action.

Azimio governors have kept off the meetings in what is believed to be a tactical retreat as they work with the government to ensure that their counties benefit from development projects.

During Ruto's recent tour of Raila’s Nyanza backyard he was welcomed by Governors Anyang Nyongo (Kisumu), Gladys Wanga (Homabay), James Orengo (Siaya) and Ochilo Ayacko (Migori) who said they were ready to work with the Kenya Kwanza government for the sake of development.

Kisii Governor Simba Arati has held at least three meetings with the President in State House, Nairobi, in what he said is seeking national government support in ensuring that mega projects in his county are actualized.

“My meetings with the President have been about him signing a Sovereign Guarantee for the Sh500 billion medical city project to be established under Kenya - United Kingdom Health Alliance and Sustainable Urban Economic Development programs,” said Arati.

ODM deputy leader Hassan Joho and National Assembly Minority Whip Junet Mohammed were permanent fixtures in Azimio rallies but have lately been missing in action.

Joho and Junet have been ardent defenders of Raila and even put on military-like fatigue during the final Azimio campaign rally where they pledged to ensure that he becomes the fifth President of Kenya but have maintained a low profile since the August 2022 General Election.