Raila Odinga is running for the presidency because that is what you do in politics.
You have to try until you make it.
First, Kenya’s former President Mwai Kibaki ran in 1992, 1997, before winning in 2002. He was 71 when was elected. Second, Uhuru Kenyatta, Kenya’s reigning president, ran in 2002 and lost, gave up his quest presidency in support of Kibaki in 2007 and ran again in 2013 when he won. Raila attempted in 1997, supported Kibaki in 2002, ran again in 2007 ( was cheated off, he actually won), and lost to Uhuru Kenyatta in 2013. This will be his 4th attempt.
There is a trend in African politics that the more you try running for the presidency, the more your chances increase. You can look at the example of Buhari (Nigeria) and Nana-Addo (Ghana). They both attempted several times before they won. Raila’s case is not out of context.
Thirdly, Raila is perhaps the most formidable alternative leader Kenya has. Like him or not, he has been an icon in Kenya’s politics helping in return to democracy in 1992, removing KANU from power in 2002, leading a campaign to vote for a retrogressive constitution in 2005, winning an election and getting cheated out of it but still accepting to share power with the losing Kibaki, and finally leading a campaign to change the constitution in 2010. As others have said, he is an enigma.
Raila’s ran for the presidency for 2017 is needed and adequate.
Raila Odinga is a respectable political leader in Kenya and has run for the presidential position twice.
In 2007 Against Mwai Kibaki as the strongest candidate under the party Orange Democratic Movement and
2013 Against the current sitting president Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta under the Coalition for reforms and Democracy.
Are these “Too many?” Maybe. Maybe not. But let’s look at why he is interested in vying again, despite having lost twice.
1. Raila Amolo Odinga does not consider the two elections he lost to have been free and fair. In fact, he thinks he won both of them. The 2007 elections, to begin with, ended in bloodshed and destruction of property. In 2013, the opposition, led by Raila Amolo Odinga didn’t think the election was free and fair either. The matter was petitioned in the supreme court of Kenya.
2. Raila is trying to prevent history from repeating. How? In 2002, he gathered his influence and supported the retired president Mwai Kibaki to run against Uhuru Kenyatta who was barked by the then president Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi. From the turn of events, Raila is not ready to support anybody else because he feels they won’t deliver as per his expectations
3. Quitters Never Win.