Kenyan opposition leader asks public to fund his campaign

Kenya’s opposition leader Raila Odinga has asked supporters to fund his campaign ahead of the presidential election re-run set for 17 October.

Mr Odinga’s political fortunes were revived after the Supreme Court annulled President Uhuru Kenyatta’s win in last month’s election citing “irregularities and illegalities”.

He told a media briefing in the capital, Nairobi, that “anybody who wants to go to Canaan should buy a ticket” by sending money to the party’s bank and mobile money accounts.

Mr Odinga is casting himself as the biblical Joshua who will lead Kenyans to the promised land, Canaan.

The opposition leader has said in the past that he opposes the 17 October date, and would prefer a date later in the month.

He has even suggested that forthcoming national examinations for primary and secondary students should be postponed to accommodate the poll, which must be held before 1 November.

Mr Odinga has also been critical of Kenya’s electoral commission (IEBC), saying that it bungled the 8 August election and must make changes to its staff before the re-run.

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