Both Raila and Kalonzo blocked from entering Meru stage

A section of youths on Monday barricaded the entrance to Meru town bus stage compelling Nasa’s Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka to keep off the venue. The leaders began a tour of Mt Kenya regions on Monday and made Meru county their first stopover.

Nasa brings together Raila (ODM), Kalonzo (Wiper), Moses Wetang’ula (Ford Kenya) and Musalia Mudavadi (Amani National Congress). Youths opposed to the National Super Alliance barricaded the roads to the main stage with boulders, blocking access to their motorcade. Witnesses said the leaders were headed to the stage to address a rally when they realised that the roads had been blocked.

“This caused them to assess where they were and they were forced to make a turn,” the witness said.

But the undeterred leaders addressed a rally at another bus stage in the town as they were not ready to leave Meru. Raila told residents the coalition will address issues that affect Kenya and outline how they intend to improve lives. The leaders have been touring areas perceived to be Jubilee strongholds to marshal support ahead of the poll.

They started their onslaught in Eldoret on Saturday following the official signing of their agreement. In DP William Ruto’s backyard, the politicians told supporters that their alliance was the better alternative. Raila said they took the rally there to ensure the ‘stronghold’ narrative is changed. The convoy continues to Tharaka Nithi on Tuesday.