By Kamadi Amata.
Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga is back in the country after a week-long trip of Ethiopia and India.
Odinga arrived in the country on Friday afternoon and headed to the Bomas of Kenya to grace a National Delegates Conference (NDC) of Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu’s NARC party.
Odinga’s arrival follows a joint endorsement by Governors Kivutha Kibwana and Charity Ngilu-led parties.
Ngilu and Kibwana said that their parties will not field presidential candidates in the upcoming polls.
The ODM leader was out of the country to attend the summit of the African Union held in Addis Ababa, from 5th to 6th February 2022, before making his way to India for a private visit.
Odinga’s return comes ahead of a series of rallies by his Azimio La Umoja movement.
The presidential aspirant will lead his Azimio brigade of a tour of the coastal region over the weekend where he is expected to hold rallies in Kilifi and Mombasa on Saturday and Sunday respectively.
On Monday, Odinga’s procession will make its way to Kwale County before wrapping up the four-day tour of the region in Taita Taveta on Tuesday.
Instead, Narc and Muungano parties will back Raila under the Azimio la Umoja Movement coalition.
Speaking at Bomas during the parties National Delegates Conference on Friday, the two said they will team up with other like-minded outfits to form a formidable force.
“We have only two choices, to field presidential candidates or team up with others to form a government,” Ngilu said.