[VIDEO] Not all Israelites reached Canaan, Raila says after 500 join Jubilee

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A file photo of NASA chief Raila during a press conference in Nairobi, June 7, 2017. /JACK OWUOR

Raila Odinga has downplayed defections by his key allies to Jubilee saying they will not shake NASA’s strength ahead of the October 26 poll.

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Not all Israelites made it to the promised land, the Opposition leader told a press conference on Monday.

He used the biblical analogy to reiterate that he wants to take Kenyans to a better place – from Egypt to Canaan.

Raila claimed President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee Party has established what he termed “a defectors fund” to lure Opposition leaders.

But he added: “Our resolve remains steadfast…in the process many will fall by the wayside.”

More than 500 members of the Kamba community living in Nakuru last Thursday ditched NASA for Jubilee.

They pledged to back Uhuru in the repeat poll. Led by their chairman Gerald Kilonzo, they said their decision was informed by the fact that they reside in Nakuru which is majorly a Jubilee zone.

The NASA principal also condemned the incident in which a police vehicle ran over NASA supporters during protests in in Nairobi earlier today.

The demonstrations are taking place twice weekly as part of the Opposition’s push against amendments to election laws and for IEBC CEO Ezra Chiloba to resign.

These are among major changes Raila wants implemented before he can take part in the election.

The President and DP William Ruto have told Raila he has the option of withdrawing from the race instead of holding Kenyans at ransom.

In response tot he calls, he said: “Participating in an election is a democratic right…nobody can force me to participate.”

Earlier today, former Kitutu Masaba MP Timothy Bosire dismissed as “utter nonsense” reports he has dumped Raila and joined Uhuru.

The ODM national treasurer said the “fake news is part of the endless fabrication of toxic lies by Jubilee”.

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