The opposition CORD coalition has resurrected its grassroot networks in preparation for a series of countrywide consultative rallies beginning with one in Migori Stadium this Friday 13th June.
The CORD principals will be in Migori County to attend the funeral of the late veteran Nyanza politician and former MP and assistant minister Hon Phares Oluoch Kanindo in Awendo before proceeding to Migori Stadium to take the coalition message for the proposed national dialogue. The late Kanindo served as a member of parliament from 1979 to 1988 during which time he also served as Assistant Minister for Education.
CORD is using these rallies as consultative forums with local leaders and opinion shapers expected to take to the podium to express their support for the proposed national conference.
Rarieda and Bungoma Funerals
The following day, on Saturday 14th June, the CORD principals will in Rarieda to attend the funeral of Abonyo Oyombe the immediate former ODM Siaya branch Chairman, before proceeding to Bungoma County to attend the funeral for the late Mzee Lucas Watta who was is a former ODM nominated councillor, and former Chair of the Luhya Council of Elders.
#BabaTukututaneMombasa Rally Sunday 15 June
The CORD Leader and former Prime Minister @RailaOdinga, together with his fellow CORD principals and top coalition leadership, are then expected to fly into Mombasa to address a highly anticipated political rally at the historic Tononoka Grounds. The rally whose theme is expected to centre on the proposed national dialogue takes place on Sunday June 15th and already the Mombasa Governor @AliHassanJoho is trending the hashtag #BabaTukutaneMombasa.
The coastal town of Mombasa has been a beehive of activity in the last one week in preparation for giving the CORD leaders a what sources close to Mombasa governor termed a “visible reception”.
Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho and Senator Hassan Omar are leading in mobilizing supporters from as far as Taita, Kilifi, Kwale, Lamu and Malindi to attend the rally in declaring support for an all-inclusive structured national conference, failure to which the region will join other Kenyans in Nairobi’s Uhuru Park on July 7th at a rally dubbed #SabaSaba.
The Mombasa County Women representative Hon Mishi Mboko and MP Jomvu Badi Twalib were on Pwani FM this morning to discuss the upcoming CORD rally.
Coastal Counties of have bore the brunt of travel advisories by Western governments that has seen unprecedented evacuations and low bed occupancy, with more than 50 hotels, guest houses and beach apartments reportedly closed down, resulting to more 50,000 job losses in the last one month. The message of insecurity, extrajudicial killings and disappearance, as well as terrorism are expected to dominate discussion at the rally.
ODM leader is also expected to thank the voters of Shella Ward in Malindi who braved a high profile campaign led by Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko for Jubilee and Gideon Mungaro for CORD to vote overwhelmingly for the coalition. The April county assembly by-election was reduced to CORD affair with ODM’s Adamson Mwathethe emerging the winner after garnering 2,236 votes ahead of WDM’s Abdulkarim Twaher who got 1,967 votes, with Jubilee coaltion RCP’s Abdalla Abbas trailing at 927 votes.
Residents of the former coast province are expected to attend the rally in their thousands and the venue has reportedly been booked and secured by a private firm hired by Governor Joho who is an unapologetic supporter of ODM Leader Raila Odinga.
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