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Duale in shock endorsement of Raila for top seat

National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale on Tuesday endorsed Opposition leader Raila Odinga for the presidency in the forthcoming election.

In an address in Parliament on Tuesday, Mr Duale singled out Mr Odinga as the best placed leader to face-off with President Uhuru Kenyatta in the August 8 presidential contest.

He made the remarks while introducing debate on the President’s State of the Nation address.

Mr Duale urged National Super Alliance (Nasa) co-principals Kalonzo Musyoka, Moses Wetangula and Musalia Mudavadi against keeping Kenyans guessing any longer and instead name the former Prime Minister as the Opposition flag bearer.

In his endorsement, Mr Duale listed some of Mr Odinga’s achievements that place him above his co-principals.

“I humbly ask, don’t take us round, don’t call too many press conferences, we know who among the pack  is ahead. I have worked with him, he has the numbers, he has the resources, he has the think tank, he has been tested, he has been the Prime Minister, give it to Raila Odinga,” Mr Duale thundered.

The opposition coalition is in a dilemma over the choice of its presidential flagbearer.