Munya was blackmailed to join Jubilee-Raila

-Raila has regretted losing former Meru Governor Peter Munya and his Bomet counterpart Isaac Ruto to the Jubilee side

- He claimed the pair was blackmailed to support President Uhuru Kenyatta’s reelection bid in the October 17 poll

-Raila said Munya called him on phone and told him he was under much pressure to support Uhuru hence his decision to leave NASA

NASA presidential candidate Raila Odinga has defended former Meru governor Peter Munya even after he abandoned him for President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee party.

Munya had the shortest ‘political marriage' with Raila after he jumped ship and joined Uhuru just eight days after declaring his allegiance to NASA.

But Raila claimed the PNU party member was under duress to join Jubilee ahead of the October 17 presidential election.

Munya received phone call ans was blackmailed to join Jubilee -Raila

Munya with Uhuru at State House.Photo:Uhuru Kenyatta/Facebook.

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Raila while speaking during a live interview on KTN Tuesday, September 12 said Munya called him and informed him that he was under “a lot of pressure” to leave NASA for Jubilee.

“I’ve received a message from Mr Munya which tells me that he was under a lot of pressure and I understand and excuse him, I have no problem with him,” said Raila.

He added that former Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto who was NASA’s fifth principal was subjected to the same “blackmail” to support Jubilee after his loss in the August 8 polls.

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Munya received phone call ans was blackmailed to join Jubilee -Raila

Raila's NASA has lost both Munya and Isaac Ruto to Jubilee.Photo:Raila Odinga/Raila Odinga.

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Raila also exuded confidence that despite Munya’s exit, he will still get enough votes from Meru in the October election.

“My support in Meru county is still intact. Munya has been campaigning for me until yesterday…until he was called and basically blackmailed,” said the NASA presidential leader.

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He regretted the loss of Munya and Ruto to Jubilee and termed them “casualties of the struggle”.

Raila also hit out at Uhuru for hosting various community leaders at State House, Nairobi in an effort to consolidate his support ahead of the repeat election.

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