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Judy goes hunting in Raila turf

Posted by African Press International on December 3, 2007

ByCyrus OmbatiPRESIDENT Kibakis daughter took her fathers re-election campaign to his ODM rival, Mr Raila Odingas backyard.

Judy yesterday met women leaders in Langata, and urged them to vote for Kibaki. “He has done a lot and I know you know that. Vote for what you can see to get a stable future,” she said.

Describing the President as trustworthy, Judy said a vote for Kibaki would ensure a better future for children.

Judy said she knows Kibaki as a man who keeps his words, and that he would keep all the promises he had made.

“Dont listen to rumours from those who also want this seat,” she added.

Judy also distributed food during the meeting at the Ngong Hills Hotel.

She refuted claims by the opposition that Kibaki plans to rig the elections. “You know well that like other contenders, my father wants to be an MP and president and the elections are conducted by the Electoral Commission of Kenya,” she said.

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Official campaigns start today

Posted by African Press International on December 3, 2007

By Standard Team

The final whistle goes off this morning for the top three presidential contenders to sprint to the finish line as the electoral body declares the start of the official 21-day campaign period. The main players, President Kibaki (Party of National Unity), ODMs Mr Raila Odinga and ODM-Kenyas Mr Kalonzo Musyoka, were yesterday putting the finishing touches on their strategies to make forays into swing areas.

The official campaign period, to be announced by the Electoral Commission of Kenya, is expected to trigger off the expected break-neck finish and will be stopped with just three days to December 27.

The ECK communications manager, Mr Manu Lemayian, confirmed that the 21-day official campaign period indeed kicks off this morning.

“We expect presidential, parliamentary and civic candidates to close their campaigns three days before voting day on December 27,” Lemayian said.

Yesterday, President Kibakis PNU team gave all indications that Western Province could likely be a key swing area, as Raila exuded confidence his party would triumph in the December polls.

The Head of State returns to Western this morning for a three-day whistle-stop tour, in what would be the third tour of the region in as many months.

The province is home to ODMs Pentagon running mate, Mr Musalia Mudavadi, and is considered a difficult area.

Raila, on his part, said his party was not scared even with the Steadman opinion poll indicating that Kibaki was closing the gap with him.

“ODM is way ahead. Only one opinion poll puts us in a neck-and-neck position, while others have different results. We ask Kibaki to peacefully enjoy his final days in office,” said Raila at a press conference at the Norfolk Hotel to launch a pictorial account of Langata Constituency Development Fund (CDF) projects.

He said they were in the final lap and all systems were in place for the partys final campaign.

“We are not taking any chances. This is the time ODM has to deliver the changes Kenyans need,” added Raila.

On the other hand, ODM-Kenyas Kalonzo said he had stepped up his campaigns.

“No amount of pressure will bar Kenyans from supporting ODM-Kenya to win the presidency and majority parliamentary and civic seats,” he said.

The ODM-Kenya presidential candidate also unveiled his campaign plans for North Eastern Province, an area he criss-crossed last week.

He will traverse the vast province for the next three days, starting with a rally in Garissa town today, then Mandera and Wajir, according to a programme released by his campaign office in Nairobi.

Kibaki will be taking his re-election campaigns to Western after spending most of last week in Rift Valley Province, another vote-rich area that is in the radars of all the presidential candidates.

In Western, the President enjoys the backing of Ford-Kenya, led by its chairman, Mr Musikari Kombo, while PNU strategists consider most parts of the region difficult hunting grounds.

First Lady Lucy Kibaki completed her three-day visit of the area on Friday and promised to return this week with the President.

And part of the Presidents campaigns itinerary is the dishing out of goodies to potential voters.

He begins his official tour tomorrow with a public rally at Shinyalu in Kakamega South District, before heading to Khayega, Iguhu and Malinya market.

On Wednesday, Kibaki will address a rally at Bukhungu stadium in Kakamega and then proceed to Kimilili in Bungoma North district.

This will be followed by Malava, Butali Sugar Mill and Hamisi.

On the ODM side, Raila yesterday spelt out a strategy for the final push with a campaign itinerary taking him to the vote-rich and vast Rift Valley and parts of Nyanza provinces.

He kicks off his rally on Tuesday in Narok South before proceeding to Narok North, Kilgoris and Gucha on Wednesday. And on Thursday, the ODM Pentagon will fish from far-flung Lokichoggio and Lodwar.

Yesterday, Raila promised to publish, before the General Election, the agenda of the first 100 days of his Government.

The Langata MP said the document would be a benchmark for Kenyans seeking to judge his Government if he wins the December elections.

He also made public the achievements of the CDF in his Langata Constituency.

“Today we make public the accounts of the CDF funds entrusted on us. Those who say Langata has only two public toilets can now see the truth,” Raila said.

He said many children no longer learned in temporary structures but in proper classrooms.

The CDF also built a workshop for the deaf, the DOs office and improved health facilities in Langata.

He was accompanied by his wife, Mrs Ida Odinga, the CDF committee members, Mr Solomon Thande, Mr Nick Evans, Mr Silas Ouko.

Back to Kalonzo, on Tuesday, he will be in Wajir town to meet local leaders and address a political rally.

On Wednesday, the former Mwingi North MP moves to Mandera before returning to Nairobi on Thursday for another campaign strategy meeting and an interview with both local and foreign media houses.

Kalonzo will conclude his week-long campaigns on Friday in Narok with a campaign rally.

And in a tactic seemingly to woo the Asian vote, Kalonzo met with members of the Hindu Council of Kenya led by chairman Vanrajsinh Sarvaiya, who presented him with a memorandum containing grievances they would wish addressed if he becomes president.

Kalonzo told the Hindus that his party recognised the part the Asian community played in the economy.

He said if his party took power, it would streamline tax collection.

He praised efforts of the Asian community in manufacturing and entrepreneurship and promised to look into their grievances.

The Hindus petitioned Kalonzo to nominate one of their own to Parliament, saying they have never been well represented in the august House.

Report by Ayub Savula, David Ohito, Martin Mutua and Allan Kisia

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