By: Isaack Nyakundi in Kisii for Kenya-Today.com.
The shock and disbelieve was well captured by the NTV camera man in this 1 minute video. Some rallies were poorly attended despite massive mobilization effort, in other rallies speakers where heckled; Prof Ongeri, William Ruto and Omondi Odinga were the major causalities. Of interest was the rumour that Makadara MP Mike Sonko was to splash cash to the crowds from one of the three choppers, the rumour was a blessing and indeed a game changer that pulled crowds to the otherwise ignored rallies, many abandoned their activities in the farms with the hope of picking a 1000 shillings note.
At some point the three choppers landed at the same time creating a huge attraction and ofcourse talk of the day in the usually quiet villages. In another rally a section of the crowd were loudly asking for bribes from the leaders an indication that indeed they had been promised cash. The heckling and shouting down of leaders happened when angry youths started singing songs in praise of CORD Presidential flag bearer Prime Minister Raila Odinga.
Omondi Odinga did not help matters when he asked the crowd to shout loud enough “to scare ODM out of Gusii region”, Omondi had been invited by United Republican Party (URP) leader William Ruto to address the crowd. Any leader who mentioned Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s name was heckled by the youth who demanded to hear policies or be paid to listen to any criticism directed at the CORD leader.
Education Minister Prof Sam Ongeri and Eldoret North MP William Ruto were among those who had to cut short their speeches as they insisted on explaining issues by reference to Odinga to which the crowds could not withstand.
Confident and often cheerful nominated MP Rachel Shebesh, Mike Sonko and their Gachoka counterpart Mutava Musyimi expressed outright shock on their faces as things unfolded.
From the events in Kisii, it is clear that even the 25% constitution threshold vote count at county level is not achievable in the two Gusii counties by Jubilee alliance, CORD seem to enjoy massive support even before it unveils campaigns in the region.