Going by the president’s statement, Mr. RAILA ODINGA could be a hot favorite to succeed him, given that they have worked together since the March 9 Handshake.”
Raila Odinga’s name will certainly be on the 2022 presidential ballot.
This was confirmed on Wednesday by the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) national treasurer Timothy Bosire, who said that Kenyans were yet to see the last of Mr. Odinga in presidential politics.
Bosire said that Raila Odinga is the major balancing act towards 2022 and forward while pointing out that ODM would continue to work with the ruling Jubilee for the benefit of Kenyans.
“It is not over yet. The flower of his legacy is being remodeled again. I see him as a balancing act between the anarchists and those operating on the status quo. His last contribution is ahead of us. It is yet to come. In him we expect major contributions going forward.”
His sentiments were echoed by mercurial party Secretary-General Edwin Sifuna, who reminded voters that Mr. Raila Odinga had put aside his own ambition to rally behind Mwai Kibaki in the 2002 polls.
“To ask him to endorse someone else again is to ask too much. As the holder of the vision for a new Kenya, the country will do well to give him an opportunity to implement this vision.”
Raila Out To Leave A Good Legacy
ODM national chairman John Mbadi chose to approach the matter cautiously though, pointing out that Mr Raila Odinga was more interested in leaving behind a good legacy.
“Where Raila has reached, it is not just the question of being President but the question of what he is leaving behind. He has played a bigger role in the politics of this country so his legacy will be his great concern,”
Mbadi also hinted at the possibility of a political alliance blossoming around the Uhuru-Raila axis, and further ruled out any chances the two might go their separate ways during the 2022 polls.
“Uhuru has been President for seven years and his concern is also about his legacy. I don’t think 2022 is already decided because it is a bit far. But what I foresee is that the two will be on the same page going to 2022 or in the same kind of alliance.”
Mbadi said that ODM’s preferred presidential candidate was never in doubt, suggesting that the party still expected Raila Odinga to fly its the flag in 2022.
Mr. Odinga has, however, been reluctant to declare his interest in the seat, only saying upon further prodding that he has his sight on constitutional amendments through the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI).
Uhuru’s Allies Allude To A Possible Alliance Between Him And Raila Odinga
President Uhuru Kenyatta’s allies, including Jubilee Party Vice Chairman David Murathe, have in the recent past touched on the possibility of a future political alliance between the president and the ODM leader.
During the Jubilee National Assembly Parliamentary Group meeting on Monday, President Kenyatta said that he would only work with leaders who are ready to support him deliver his agenda to the nation, adding that he will continue to sideline those unwilling to help him shape his legacy.
Going by the president’s statement, Mr Odinga could be a hot favorite to succeed him, given that they have worked together since the March 9 Handshake.
He is not alone though, considering that Gideon Moi recently led Kanu to sign a post-election coalition pact with Uhuru’s Jubilee.
Wiper’s Mr Kalonzo Musyoka and CCM’s Isaac Ruto could also ratify their coalition deals after agreeing to a working partnership with Jubilee last week.