Supporters of Raila Odinga are embarking on preparations to welcome “baba” from his one week US trip. On Monday; National Super Alliance (NASA) said it will hold what it described a “majestic rehearsal” at the historic Kamkunji grounds this Thursday. “To this effect, the organizers of the grand welcome invite supporters to a key rally at the Kamkunji grounds. The gathering will be a dress-rehearsal for the Friday grand welcome,” a statement from the Opposition coalition read in part. The statement was co-signed by Siaya Senator James Orengo and former senators Johnson Muthama (Machakos) and Boni Khalwale (Kakamega).
“We welcome all Kenyans to this grand Thursday rally and the arrival party on Friday. All these are part of our ongoing journey of making sure electoral justice and bringing to an end the evil culture of sham elections with prearranged outcomes,” it added. Organizers say the Opposition leaders will be received at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport from where they will start a procession on Mombasa Road before closing with a rally at Uhuru Park.
Raila who left Kenya last Tuesday, addressed participants at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Washington DC. In the conference, Raila blamed diplomats in Nairobi of favoring Uhuru and the Jubilee government during the dubious August 8 presidential ballot. He claimed instead of supporting Kenya to resolve the predicament caused by lack of free and fair elections, the diplomats were stimulating it. “The diplomats’ efforts up to now have not been successful in diffusing the predicament. Let me be frank again. They sometimes have added to the crisis,” Raila told his audience at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies.
“I have come to Washington to express a simple message: We need a fuller engagement from the many arms of governance that your nation possesses to help diplomats based in Nairobi,” he said. Raila also met a delegation from the International Republican Institute, a nonprofit organisation led by President Daniel Twining and Delaware Senator Chris Coons, which promotes freedom and democracy. The Opposition leader also met Senate Congressional Committee officials to brief them on the political state in the nation.