Raila off to UK, ahead of poll

A decision by Opposition leader Raila Odinga to fly out of the country just days to repeat presidential election has caused panic in Jubilee.

Some of President Uhuru Kenyatta handlers fear that the NASA leader may not return before Election Day, October 26.

It is unclear how long Raila will be out of the country, which countries he is scheduled to visit and the reasons for his visits. His spokesman Dennis Onyango confirmed yesterday the former Prime Minister will be heading to the United Kingdom.

Jubilee leaders, however, fear that the NASA presidential candidate may not return to participate in the election and therefore cause a political and constitutional crisis.

The behind-the-scenes intrigues emerged as Raila prepares to jet out to London for a series of high- profile engagements, including giving a lecture at the the Royal Institute of International Affairs, commonly known as Chatham House.

The Royal Institute mission is to analyze and promote the understanding of major international issues and current affairs.

Raila was also scheduled to travel to the US for a string of engagements, including with senior State Department officials, but this trip appears to have been put on hold.

By Friday, at least six institutions had confirmed scheduled meetings with Raila in the US.

The diplomatic charm offensive comes as NASA intensifies its anti-repeat election crusade with only 16 days to the vote.

NASA plans to heighten demonstrations across the country from two days to three days a week.

A former high-flying diplomat in the Grand Coalition Government of 2008-2013 has also been engaged to help court diplomats and convey the NASA narrative.

 The Jubilee-championed amendments to the Election Laws, which the Donald Trump administration has criticized, have given NASA the gusto to press on.

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