Raila’s presidency has gained a political boost in Ukambani after Narc and Muungano parties resolved to support Raila Odinga.
Charity Ngilu and Kivutha Kibwana, both governors, have announced that their parties will not run presidential candidates in the 2018 elections.
Instead, the Narc and Muungano parties will join the Azimio la Umoja Movement coalition to support Raila’s presidency.
The two claimed they will join forces with other like-minded parties to build a formidable force, speaking at the party’s National Delegates Conference in Bomas on Friday.
“We have only two choices, to field presidential candidates or team up with others to form a government,” Ngilu said.
While the parties had the option of endorsing their leaders as presidential candidates, Ngilu told delegates that they chose to join Azimio to increase their chances of winning.
“Kibwana, in all his life, has fought for the ordinary person. He has been arrested with the others including Raila fighting for the second liberation,” Ngilu said.
Meanwhile, ODM leader Raila Odinga was also in attendance at Bomas where he graced the joint National Delegates Convention for Muungano and Narc parties.
On February 4, the former Prime Minister left the country for a week in Ethiopia to attend the African Union summit conference in Addis Ababa.
Raila’s spokesman, Dennis Onyango, said the ODM leader would attend the African Union’s 35th Summit on February 5-6 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and then travel to India before returning to the country.
“In his capacity as the African Union High Representative for
Infrastructure Development in Africa, Odinga will hold Infrastructure related events and meetings on the sidelines of the Summit,” the statement said.
After the AU meeting in Ethiopia, Raila proceeded to India to check up on his daughter Rosemary who was undergoing treatment as he held other meetings before jetting back to Nairobi.