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Charity Begins At Home: Raila Camps In Nyanza To Stabilize Support For The 2022 Election

 KISUMU, Kenya October 26 - Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader Raila Odinga toured Kisumu County on Monday as he seeks to build support in his backyard ahead of the elections in the 'next year.

 Odinga, who has a fifth stab at the presidency, has toured various parts of the country in recent weeks, although he has yet to officially declare that he is in the race to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta whose second and last term ends next year.

 The contenders so far have included Vice President William Ruto, National Congress Leader Amani (ANC) Musalia Mudavadi, Party Leader Wiper Kaonzo Musyoka, Gideon Moi of KANU and Moses Wetangula of Ford Kenya.

 Others are governors Alfred Mutua (Machakos) Mwangi Wa Iria (Murang'a), businessman Jimi Wanjigi among others.

 On Monday, he flew to Kisumu from Mbita in Homa Bay and addressed a series of roadside rallies at the Ahero mall in Nyando, Korowe, Rabuor, Mowlem, Nyamasaria before ending up in Kondele .

 His key message was that Kenyans, especially young people, register as voters.

 “The election is approaching and you can only participate if you are registered,” Odinga said, urging young people to register, “Other parts [of the country] are doing well and my region should lead by example. is lagging behind.

 The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) denounced the low turnout for new registrations that began last month.

 Like many politicians, Odinga relies on supporting the young people he has won over with projects that can benefit them.

 In Kondele, Odinga said that parliament is drafting a supplementary budget which will allow the National Treasury to inject 20 billion shillings into the 3rd phase of the Kazi Mtaani project.

 “The decision to implement a 3rd phase of Kazi Mtaani was taken after consulting President Uhuru Kenyatta as a mitigating factor against the devastating effects of Covid 19,” he said.

 Raila further reiterated its commitment to protect vulnerable families with a monthly payment of 6,000 shillings, which has been criticized by its main competitor Ruto as "unrealistic".

 He dismissed his opponents lambasting the program, saying his administration would seal corruption loopholes to fund the ambitious wasteful scheme.

 "I was prime minister in this country for five years, I know how the money is stolen, I will close all the loopholes and channel these funds to the poor," he said.

 He said young people and vulnerable groups will remain his priority if he is elected 5th president.

 "I am supporting young people and I will encourage them more to be part of my government," he said.

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