Raila Odinga Unveils his 2022 Electoral Blueprint

Raila Odinga

The mammoth rally at Kasarani is understood to have rocked Mr Odinga’s rivals to the core, but his 2017 running-mate ANC’s boss Musalia Mudavadi was not impressed! Through his top aide, Nairobi ANC branch chairman Ben Mulama the One Kenya Alliance co-principal told Mr Odinga off, saying he should forget about the 4 million Luhya vote

By The Weekly Vision Online

It was a consummate show of might and glitter as a “rebranded” former Prime Minister of Kenya Raila Odinga declared he would contest the presidency slated for August 2022. The declaration ended months of speculation after some of ODM’s bigwigs claimed at one time that “Agwambo” would not run. Contenders on the ODM party ticked included Kakamega County Governor Wycliffe Oparanya and Mombasa Governor Mohamed Joho; both are now singing Raila Odinga’s political songs. Businessman Jimmy Wanjigi still insists he will run on an ODM ticket.

The Kasarani fete proved the Moi adage of “KANU ina wenyewe” as ODM also has its “owners”! All it took was for former National Assembly speaker Francis ole Kaparo to table a motion that ended with the “Ayes have it”! To the doubting Thomas’s who have been taking Raila for granted, he proved that he had both the “state and system” on his side.

Former Third Way Alliance leader Dr Oukot also hit out at Mr Odinga saying the Kasarani event had proved that Raila is a “state project”

The mammoth rally at Kasarani is understood to have rocked Mr Odinga’s rivals to the core, but his 2017 running-mate ANC’s boss Musalia Mudavadi was not impressed! Through his top aide, Nairobi ANC branch chairman Ben Mulama the One Kenya Alliance co-principal told Mr Odinga off, saying he should forget about the 4 million Luhya vote. Mr Mulama was quickly faulted as he was reminded by ODM top gun Brian Weke that in 2013 Odinga defeated Mudavadi in his own Sabatia backyard! The two were speaking at a popular FM radio station.

Former Third Way Alliance leader Dr Oukot also hit out at Mr Odinga saying the Kasarani event had proved that Raila is a “state project” ” He asked, who is paying for the expensive fuel guzzles that brought Mr Odinga to the stadium? 

Mr Odinga has several elite bodyguards protecting him” fumed Okurot. Mr Mudavadi is said to have sent former Lugari MP and YK92 top gun Cyrus Jirongo to the Azmio event. OKA has still failed to find a presidential flag bearer 7 months to the 2022 election to elect the country’s 5th president. The ODM leader and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga shared power with Mwai Kibaki 2008-12 following 2007 disputed presidential election results. The resultant post-election violence killed 1350 people and displaced 650,000. In 2013 and 2017 Mr Odinga fiercely fought to defeat President Uhuru Kenyatta leading to a deeply divisive post-election violence.

To many people including his wife, Ida Odinga is Raila best chance to bag the top job and work from State House, something that his father Jaramogi died dreaming about. Ida’s memorable quote “I now release Raila to you take care of him” to the cheering crowd at Kasarani sets the stage for one of Kenya’s most hotly contested presidential elections. Enjoying the support of President Kenyatta, Raila according to his elder brother Oburu cannot go wrong this time. But many admit it will be no walk in the park defeating William Ruto!

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