Mr Odinga is no longer the vibrant radical youth of the 1980s and 1990s, he was detained for a record 8 years by President Moi after being linked to attempts to overthrow the KANU regime
Fresh from a fresh setback presented by the looming political alliance between Deputy President William Ruto and ANC party leader Musalia Mudavadi, ODM party leader Raila Odinga is returning to the slopes of Mount Kenya to sell his Azimio coalition to residents there.
Mr Odinga will be in Muranga this coming weekend after a weekend tour of Nakuru, a Kikuyu stronghold where the ODM leader tried to milk the “Madowadowa” gaffe by the DP Ruto’s team for whatever it is worth.
In Nakuru, Mr Odinga urged people there not to give in to political “blackmail” saying Kenyans have a right to live and own property in any part of the country. But even the most optimistic Raila Odinga supporters in Central Kenya are agreed he faces growing odds akin to climbing to the tip of Mount Kenya! Claiming old political debts from the 1960s to 2002 when he made his famous “Kibaki Tosha” could easily misfire especially from first-time voters who are the majority. Most of them were not yet born or were toddlers when the so-called ‘political debts” were incurred!
But as they say, politics is the art of possibilities and Mr Odinga’s political strategists now want President Uhuru Kenyatta to openly start campaigning for his “handshake partner” if he is serious with making him President come August 9. The Azimo strategists in Central Kenya argue that a direct show of support from the President would send a clear message and galvanize support for the former Prime Minister.
Mr Odinga is no longer the vibrant radical youth of the 1980s and 1990s, he was detained for a record 8 years by President Moi after being linked to attempts to overthrow the KANU regime. Many people within the “deep state” agree he should be “rewarded” with the presidency for the high price he paid in the last four decades.
But that verdict must first be decided by 20 million Kenyans when the country’s presidential elections for the 5th peaceful transfer of power are held on August 9th.
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