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Why Raila only uses this venue when campaigning in Nakuru

Curtis Otieno
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Opposition leader Raila Odinga during a past rally. [Source/Raila Twitter]

In all his recent campaign tours of Nakuru Town, opposition leader Raila Odinga and his brigade have been using the Afraha Stadium Open Ground to meet his supporters.

This was the same all through the 2013 and 2017 general elections.

But Raila has been snubbing the other available venues in town, among them Menengai grounds and the Afraha main stadium or 'Stadii Ndani' as it is popularly known.

This has everything to do with the need to pick a venue accessible by most, considering that Open Ground is closer to the CBD.

It is also sandwiched between residential estates to the south, east and west and the CBD to the north, making it a central place.

The reason why he never uses the main stadium which is just across the road could be as a result of the cost, considering that one has to pay more.

This is because the venue is more of a football pitch and is not specifically for such gatherings, lest the large number of people destroy the well manicured grass.

Also, the Open Ground is large in size, and able to accommodate the masses.

It is also large enough to host choppers and offer a perfect environment for supporters who usually show up with campaign merchandise like caps and shirts for sale.

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