Raila Odinga has been favoured as the flag-bearer for Kenya’s oppositional coalition, the National Super Alliance (Nasa), in the presidential election slated for August 8.
Mr Odinga’s candidature was flagged off at Uhuru Park in Nairobi Thursday afternoon at an event witnessed by a crowd of supporters and countrymen.
His challenger is the incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta and a host of other candidates.
President Kenyatta, who is hoping to get a second and final five-year term, and his deputy William Ruto are the leaders of the Jubilee Party (JP), which was constituted after a merger of several parties.
The second term bid by Odinga under the Nasa coalition will enable a change in the structure of the Kenya government, which tends to give specific privileges to its principal founders and maintain a cohesion of the opposition.