Cord leaders gear up for ex-PM’s homecoming

Saturday May 24 2014

PHOTO | DENISH OCHIENG Acting Cord leader, Mr Anyang’ Nyong’o, makes a point during a press conference by the coalition at a Nairobi hotel on May 16, 2014. The coalition is organising a major home-coming event for its leader, Mr Raila Odinga, who is expected home in the next 10 days after a lengthy stay in the United States.

PHOTO | DENISH OCHIENG Acting Cord leader, Mr Anyang’ Nyong’o, makes a point during a press conference by the coalition at a Nairobi hotel on May 16, 2014. The coalition is organising a major home-coming event for its leader, Mr Raila Odinga, who is expected home in the next 10 days after a lengthy stay in the United States.  NATION MEDIA GROUP

By ISAAC ONGIRI
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Cord leaders are planning a series of events in preparation for a huge reception for their coalition leader, Mr Raila Odinga, who is scheduled to return home next Saturday.

The coalition is planning to take advantage of Mr Odinga’s return to reinvent itself following criticism that the Opposition has failed in its watchdog role.

The climax of the former Prime Minister’s home-coming is being planned similar to the one organised for former Opposition leader Kenneth Matiba in 1992 and will be at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre where Mr Odinga is expected to address supporters.

Kisumu Senator Anyang’ Nyong’o, who has been acting as ODM party leader during Mr Odinga’s two-month tour of the US, is taking charge of the planning.

Today, the Cord leadership will be in Ruaraka for a political rally. Yesterday, the team was in Mlolongo where they addressed their supporters as they seek to pin down President Uhuru Kenyatta’s government now dogged by a myriad of controversies. Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka addressed the rally.
President Kenyatta is currently being criticised for authorising payment of Sh1.4 billion to two Anglo Leasing companies.

The economy is also under threat due to rampant insecurity which has resulted in cancellation of visits by tourists.

“The planning of his homecoming will crystalise this week. Coalition leaders want to make it a big event and people are waiting to see him after his long absence,” said Mr Odinga’s spokesman Dennis Onyango.

Prof Nyong’o is expected to release the official programme of events.

Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero, Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang’ula, Siaya Senator James Orengo and several MPs are part of the planning committee.
The event will also focus on insecurity and corruption.