By Standard Team
Presidential aspirants crowned their weekend agenda with highly publicised rallies in various parts of the country.
However, two key contenders skipped their rallies in Kisii and Nyamira Counties, disappointing their supporters who were kept waiting.
Prime Minister Raila Odinga was scheduled to address a rally at the Gusii Stadium as a culmination of the ODM Reloaded Caravan’s tour of the region, but it was cancelled at the last minute because he had not arrived back from his visit to Russia.
The Prime Minister has been away in Russia attending the 2012 St Petersburg International Economic Forum and had been expected back in the country for the final ODM rally organised by the ODM Reloaded team.
Team members led by Budalangi MP Ababu Namwamba and Public Works Minister Chris Obure toured Nyamira County and addressed a series of rallies.
Heavy rains received in Nyamira in the afternoon marred the caravan’s tour as the team was forced to cancel scheduled roadside rallies in West Mugirango and Kitutu Masaba constituencies.
Kaddu leader Lugari MP Cyrus Jirongo who was expected to hold rallies in Nyamira town also called off the function in the last minute.
Jirongo was to lay a foundation stone at Bosiango SDA Church and open Brown SDA Church in Nyamira town. Supporters who had been mobilised to receive Jirongo at Senta market were forced to return to Nyamira.
Justus Rasugu, a Kaddu official who was coordinating Jirongo’s tour, said the rallies were put off until next week.
Jirongo instead turned up at a function organised by New Ford Kenya presidential candidate in Nairobi, where he announced that together with Uhuru Kenyatta, they resisted evil forces who did not want the latter to accept defeat after the 2002 presidential elections.
Uhuru was the chief guest during the launch of New Ford Kenya offices opened by Eugene Wamalwa in Lavington area, Nairobi.