MOMBASA, Kenya, May 19 – Mombasa County was abuzz with activity on Saturday as Prime Minister Raila Odinga and his most trusted friend turned rival Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi of the United Democratic Forum (UDF) try to muscle for popularity at the coastal city.
The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) and UDF have embarked on strenuous campaigns ahead of Sunday’s parallel rallies in Mombasa.
ODM headed by Raila will hold its rally across the Likoni Channel at Bomani grounds, while Mudavadi and his team will be at the Tononoka grounds.
Mudavadi landed in Mombasa on Friday and was on Saturday morning received by ODM defectors to his party at the Traveller’s Beach Hotel, while Raila is expected in Mombasa on Saturday evening.
ODM’s National Organising Secretary Ali Hassan Joho has organized a roadshow and caravan to cover most parts of Mombasa. The caravan would start in Mtwapa and go through the busy Mombasa-Malindi road before heading to the Changamwe area and later South Coast.
Mudavadi is scheduled to attend a church service at the Neno Evangelical Church on Sunday morning, before the rally.
The Deputy PM said that he to use his campaigns as civic education to voters.
“I am ready to work with visionary leaders to improve the living standards of Kenyans. I am out for side shows,” said Mudavadi.