Last updated on August 8th, 2022 at 09:10 am
On Saturday, the major candidates for the presidency of Kenya held their final election rallies in and around the city of Nairobi. These rallies were a confrontation of styles and strategies amongst the candidates. Raila Odinga made a last-minute appeal at his afternoon rally to a crowd of supporters who almost filled two-thirds of the Moi Sports Centre in the suburb of Kasarani. This was in response to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) establishing August 6 as the deadline for an end to political campaigns. Raila Odinga’s rally was held in the city of Kasarani.
The speakers at the event played Diamond Platnumz and Bob Marley’s Redemption Song. In the speech, he said that there is no known fight to make Kenya a better place that has been led by the people on the other side.
Odinga was referring to the time he spent in jail in the 1980s while fighting for the introduction of multiparty politics and to his running mate Martha Karua’s reputation for having a staunch anti-corruption stance. Both of these incidents occurred while Odinga was fighting for the introduction of multiparty politics. The presidential candidate for the Azimio La Umoja coalition recently made the following statement in English: “We are running to make Kenya a first-class global democracy and economy.” “We are running to build a Kenya of hope and opportunity,” said one of the campaign’s slogans.
Young people playing vuvuzelas and a robot made of metal and rubber that was plastered with posters were among the coalition supporters who were making a colorful racket around him. Odinga, who is 77 years old, posed the question, “Whose hands will demolish the criminal economy of corruption?” “Who is responsible for keeping your families safe?”
David Otieno, a 60-year-old carpenter and community leader in the Mukuru Kwa Reuben slums on the outskirts of Nairobi, was one of the individuals who praised the speech. Otieno had voted for him in each of his past four efforts to become president of Kenya. He stated that he had a spiritual obligation to vote for the previous prime minister on Tuesday while donning a crown and wielding a blue wooden hammer with the inscription “Baba the Fifth.” He indicated that he intended to vote for the former prime minister again.
“God revealed to me that Odinga is the chosen one,” the father of ten children, who claimed he saw a vision of “the handshake,” the truce between Odinga and President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2018 before it happened, told Al Jazeera. “The handshake” was the term used to describe the agreement between Odinga and Kenyatta. “Ruto is not a bad person; nonetheless, God must ordain a leader in order for there to be one.”