The National Super Alliance (NASA) leaders met hostile reception in Nandi County after political goons affiliated to the ruling Jubilee Party attempted to disrupt their rally at Kapsabet showgrounds last Sunday.
Raila Odinga, the NASA presidential candidate’s however address the rally amid jeers and heckling from a section of youths allied to Jubilee in what appeared to be a case of political intolerance of divergent views in an area that predominantly voted for the ruling coalition during the last general polls. .
Other NASA leaders including Raila’s running mate Kalonzo Musyoka, Moses Wetangula and Isaac Ruto were similarly booed when they made their speeches.
Bomet Governor and Chama Cha Mashinani leader Isaac Ruto who was the first on the podium at one point got irked by the constant taunting by the youths and asked police to get them off the grounds.
Mr. Odinga however braved the heckling and delivered his address for about 20 minutes amidst a heavy down pour.
He said NASA will revive the agricultural sector by stabilizing prices for maize, tea and dairy products to ensure farmers got better returns from their investment.
The NASA candidate further pledged to compensate victims of the post election violence in Nandi who lost property but are yet to be compensated by the government.
Raila asked Kenyans to send the Jubilee government home on August 8 due to the high cost of living as a result of hiked prices of basic commodities like flour, sugar and fuel.
He pledged to ensure every school will have a computer laboratory and that NASA will implement free education in both primary and secondary schools beginning September this year.
He said should the opposition win the election, they would form an inclusive government that will promote national cohesion.
Mr. Musyoka said implementing free education will be a key policy decision to ease the burden of paying fees by parents and ensure education for all.
Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula urged the youth not to be used by politicians to disrupt rallies of opponents. NASA’s presidential campaign coordinator Musalia Mudavadi and Siaya Senator James Orengo condemned the youths who disrupted the rally and asked IEBC to take action on Jubilee Party for failing to restrain their supporters from engaging in hooliganism.
Other leaders who accompanied Mr. Odinga included Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho, MPs Chris Wamalwa, Millie Odhiambo, Peter Kaluma and Vihiga Senator George Khaniri.
Source: Kenya News Agency