Raila Odinga (in hat) with Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho.
Raila met delegates from 6 counties in the coastal region who overwhelming endorsed his yet to be declared presidential bid. As the ODM Party supremo keeps holding his declaration to contest close to his chest it's now apparent from his endorsement rallies that he's in the race.
This prompted the coastal delegates to charge Raila, among other things, " to foster the progress of the region when he gets into office".
Taita Taveta Governor Granting Samboja pointedly told him, "If you have championed the interests of the region while not in office what is to stop you from prioritizing the development of the region when you take over the leadership of this country next year?".
The Orange Democratic Movement Party is traditionally seen to have strong bases in Nyanza and Coastal regions. On the last two occasions, the party had upward of 88% percent of leaders in the region elected under its ticket.
Apart from dissenting voices of Kilifi Governor Amason Jeffa Kingi and Kwale Governor Salim Mvurya, on Saturday the coastal vote block appeared intact and solidly behind the Orange Democratic Movement Party.
President Uhuru at the Kip Keino Classics.
Meanwhile, Raila's Handshake partner, President Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta this afternoon officiated at the Second Edition of the Kip Keino Classics where Kenyan stars, once again proved their supremacy in athletics. Sprinter Omanyala, 1500-meter sensation Faith Kipyegon, and 3000-meter steeplechase Morrocan Olympic champion, Soufianne El Bakalli all made a splendid showing.
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