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RUTO – RAILA BATTLE NOW AWAITS VOTERS

BY JAMES WAFULA IN NAIROBI.

It was a battle to the touchline, arguably one of the fiercest election campaigns witnessed in Kenya in recent times since the troubled  2007  polls that almost plunged the country into total anarchy.

Kenya’s tough talking Deputy President Dr. William Ruto, 57, proved his unremitting vitality by addressing up to 12 final rallies with the main one being held on Saturday at Nyayo stadium in Nairobi.

But Raila Odinga of Azmio La Unoja was taking no chances either as he rolled out a massive campaign grand final that was also addressed by his wife Ida Odinga on the same day. Ida told a mamoth crowd at Kasarani international sports complex that her husband had run the race and finished it.
“Its time to crown him with a gold medal” Ida said to deafening cheers.

Odinga, 78, told thousands of jubilant supporters that he together with running-mate Ms Martha Karua were not just seeking power but an opportunity to turn around Kenya’s  economy into a world class thriving mature democracy that will open doors for all to realize their dream in the 21st century.

But a tough talking Ruto told his “worthy competitors” to play fair and stop dragging the country into the past dominated by “political dynasties” saying the coming election will be between those cherishing the past and those ready to work for a brighter future.

Ruto of Kenya Kwanza coalition made a strong pitch at Nyayo national stadium pleading with Kenyans to give him a chance often appearing to be appealing to undecided voters who are still holding substantial block of votes. Ruto pledged to “free” the judiciary through financial independence and fight corruption without having “untouchable scared cows”.

But Odinga has kept faulting his main competitor (William Ruto) as tainted with widespread corruption and vowing to re-possess some of the public land allegedly grabbed by Mr Ruto including that on which he built the five – star Weston hotel.

With campaigns now officially over, it is time for 21 million Kenyan voters to make their choice on Tuesday August 9, 2022 deciding on their next president in the country’s Fifth peaceful transfer of power since independence from colonial Britain in 1963.

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