Veteran Kenyan politician and opposition alliance presidential candidate Raila Odinga took his campaign to the capital city of Nairobi on Saturday for a final boost of support as polling day drew closer.
Odinga, who comes from one of Kenya’s most powerful political families, is trying to unseat President Uhuru Kenyatta, the wealthy son of the country’s first president and head of the ruling Jubilee Party.
“These young men have shown that they are the true enemies of Kenya; (President) Uhuru (Kenyatta) and (Deputy President William) Ruto must leave on the 8th of the 8th (August 8),” he said.
The 72-year-old former prime minister, the loser in Kenya’s last two presidential polls, pledged to lower food prices and tackle corruption.
He has also promised public sector reforms and stronger local government.
Opinion polls suggest Kenyatta and Odinga are neck-and-neck, leading many Kenyans to fear a disputed result and possible violence.
Kenyans go to the polls on August 8 to elect a president, lawmakers and local officials.
Devolution means that many of the local races to control lucrative county budgets are expected to be closely fought.