Ex-PM Raila Odinga needs Ksh. 20+billion to defeat William Ruto in 2022
As the NASA is being lowered into the grave of political coalitions, there may have been drops of tears from some of her commanders, mainly over finances. The NASA presidential flagbearer in the last elections Raila Amolo Odinga may have shed a tear or two seeing an outfit that almost made him president and lots of cash go down.
The hotly contested 2017 poll “won” by President Uhuru Kenyatta could have gone either way.US exit poll carried out during the voting claimed none of the front-runners had garnered the mandatory 50 plus 1 vote to be declared outright winner, they said the poll was too close to call.
Raila Odinga’s political woes are worsened by lack of campaign cash with his top aides claiming he needs at least Ksh. 20+ billion to mount a successful presidential campaign
With 2022 elections beckoning, barely a year away, the man of the moment remains veteran politician Raila Odinga. He is likely to face his worst walking “nightmare” in deputy president William Ruto once an ally turned bitter foe. Dubbed as Mr Money Bags, Ruto has splashed millions of shillings around the country oiling and cultivating a formidable political machine that many admit will be no walk in the park for any opponent.
And Odinga political woes are worsened by lack of campaign cash with his top aides claiming he needs at least Ksh. 20+ billion to mount a successful presidential campaign.
This they say is the kind of money Ruto can raise through one telephone call, oiling the battle for what will arguably be one of the fiercest political battles seen in Kenya’s recent times. Even without the expected support of his boss President Kenyatta, Ruto has a flying start with a consolidated “safe” vote tally in the populous Mount Kenya region. He has proved this by winning successive by-elections to the utter disbelief and fury of his boss whose political clout in his home turf has all but dwindled.
An alarmed Odinga is only too aware of the immense battle ahead of him against an establishment figure with a well-oiled national network. Odinga’s hopes of inheriting the vast central Kenya vote through Uhuru have evaporated into thin air and assurances by the Murathe and S.K. Macharia is just that, promises.
For Raila Odinga, this will, without doubt, be a make-or-break campaign and time is not on his side, with vagaries of advancing age taking their toll.
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