Raila males craft plan for State Home bid ‘even when for one time period’




Strategists of Orange Democratic Motion (ODM) chief Raila Odinga are crafting a plan to have the previous Prime Minister succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2022, probably for a single-term rule.

This, in response to these within the know, is to be achieved via the get together’s cooperation with the ruling Jubilee Occasion and Kanu.

Whereas Kanu, led by Baringo Senator Gideon Moi, has already entered into a proper post-election coalition with Jubilee, ODM is working with the ruling get together based mostly on the March 9, 2018 “Handshake” deal between Mr Odinga and the President.

ODM insiders say despite the fact that their want is to have Mr Odinga vie for president and serve for the necessary two phrases, they aren’t ruling out pushing for a single time period if that will probably be acceptable by their companions.


“On this association between ODM, Jubilee and Kanu, you see that Kanu dominated for a file 40 years whereas Jubilee shall have dominated for 10 years in 2022. Subsequently, ODM, being a associate on this and the only largest get together after Jubilee, stands a greater likelihood to take over the mantle now that now we have not been in energy, in contrast to our associates,” stated an ODM official on Friday.


Mr Odinga’s spokesperson Dennis Onyango was, nonetheless, non-committal on whether or not Mr Odinga was conscious of the plan.

“Put that query to the leaders who spoke to you concerning the plan,” Mr Onyango informed the Saturday Nation.

Mr Odinga’s elder brother Dr Oburu Oginga, nonetheless, stated that whereas their foremost agenda stays the implementation of the Constructing Bridges Initiative report, they’ve additionally set their sights on the presidency.

“Now we have not bowed out of the 2022 race. We don’t see any one who can pose a problem to Raila and that’s the reason we’re saying, let him be president for even one time period,” Dr Oginga stated.

He reminded these calling for Mr Odinga’s retirement resulting from his age that founding president Jomo Kenyatta ascended to energy across the similar age.

“Kenyatta grew to become president at over 70 years and served for 15 years,” stated the East African Legislative Meeting member.


He stated that for the time being, 2022 isn’t their agenda however BBI, noting that succession politics will come later.

Uriri MP Mark Nyamita stated Mr Odinga has no possibility apart from to grow to be President in 2022 even when it means going for just one time period.

“That’s what we’re trying ahead to and nothing in need of that, even when it means serving for a single time period,” he stated.

ODM secretary-general Edwin Sifuna stated Mr Odinga, “because the holder of the imaginative and prescient for a brand new Kenya, the nation will do properly to offer him a possibility to implement this imaginative and prescient.”

“To ask him to endorse another person once more is to ask an excessive amount of as a result of he did this in 2002. He demonstrated selflessness by this endorsement,” stated Mr Sifuna.

The get together’s director of political affairs Opiyo Wandayi stated that as a celebration, they can’t shelve their curiosity within the 2022 succession.

“As a political get together, our existence is for the aim of capturing state energy, which might solely be captured democratically in an election,” stated Mr Wandayi.

He was nonetheless, non-committal on Mr Odinga’s candidature, noting that “issues of technique can’t be mentioned for the time being.”


“We can’t open up a debate on this for the time being however are targeted on bringing forth needed authorized and administrative reforms beneath the BBI framework,” Mr Wandayi stated.

Different ODM MPs, Elisha Odhiambo (Gem), Chris Omulele (Luanda) and Sam Atandi (Alego Usonga) stated Mr Odinga has the {qualifications} to succeed President Kenyatta.

“ODM ought to seize energy and our greatest guess within the subsequent election is Raila Amollo Odinga,” stated Mr Odhiambo.

Mr Omulele stated: “Raila Amollo Odinga has each proper and each qualification to run for any workplace in Kenya, together with the presidency and I help him.”

Likoni MP Mishi Mboko, nonetheless, identified that succession politics will probably be debated at an acceptable time.

“Proper now we’re ready for BBI and managing Covid-19,” she stated yesterday.

Mr Wandayi disclosed that the form and type of the motion that will probably be instrumental to seize energy in 2022 will emerge in the end.



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