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RAILAS’ YOUTHS MEETINGS BEING MONITORED

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The government is  watching a series of meetings Cord leader Raila Odinga  is organizing with youths in various parts of the country.

image johoThe organizers of a meeting held in Mombasa on May 29 have been questioned by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations.Some 5,000 youth attended the first forum, dubbed simply kikao, held at the Wild Waters Resort.

The second meeting was held  on June 18 at Masinde Muliro University and attended by about 4,000 young people.

Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya  was the host of this event.

It is this series of meetings that Interior CS Joseph Nkaissery appeared to refer to when he claimed that the opposition was plotting to trigger a revolution to  destabilized the Jubilee governments.

Former Nairobi mayor George Aladwa and Dagoretti North MP Simba Arati were also grilled by detectives following claims they have been recruiting youths as militia.

Themed Ujana si Hukumu (Youth is not a Curse), the first caucus in Mombasa was hosted by Governor Hassan Joho and presided over by Raila. Joho issued over Sh100 million worth of bursaries to students at the event.

Sources told the Star two key organizers of the event (professionals who are keeping a low political profile) have already been questioned by the police.

The next forums are scheduled for Kisii, Nyamira and Kilifi, with many ODM-controlled counties lined up before Raila formally launches his Presidential campaign.

ODM insiders say the forums are meant to create an opportunity for the Cord leader to reconnect with the youth ahead of the 2017 polls.

During the Kakamega event, Raila urged the youth to interact with him on social media platforms Facebook and Twitter, focusing on digital communication for his 2017 Presidential campaign.

AUTHOR:ALLAN OTIENO

 

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