Raila Odinga has been indomitable in politics and now the headache of his close allies is who will succeed him.Raila is nearing his end as he prepares to successfully retire from national politics in 2022 or 2027 or some 10 years coming.Raila has remained strong and unshaken and analysts have stated that there is doubt on who will successfully fit into Raila’s shoes.
According to political analyst and lecturer at Nairobi University, Herman Manyora has said that the only man who can replace Raila is Mombasa governor Ali Jassan Joho.Manyora in his weekly updates on politics in his channel said that whether there is a Luo being prepared to be the next kingpin or not, Joho stands out as the only one who can take over after Baba.
“Ali Hassan Joho is a crown prince. He is Raila’s son, he is the son of Idah. He is a man waiting to inherit Raila and I can assure you whether there is a strong Luo or not, the man who stands the highest chance to inherit Raila Odinga will be Ali Hassan Joho in ODM. 2022 for him I doubt,” Manyora said.
Joho has been a close friend of Raila and is taken as a family member by the Odinga’s.Recently photos emerged of him with Junet Mohammed boarding a private jet to visit Baba who was in Dubai undergoing surgery. He has been elected Mombasa governor for two terms under ODM ticket and he has been a close confidant of Raila shaking whoever attacked his party leader
Manyora is not sure of when Joho will take over but believes that he is the right man.The Mombasa governor had earlier stated that he will vie for presidency come 2022.The claims came early after been elected for the second term but from then he has remained silent supporting the handshake between president Kenyatta and Raila Odinga.
Odinga with Joho have had a firm relationship that in many occasions (politically) they have been framed together.Raila is keen on identifying who will take over from him as he ages.Joho is not from the Nyanza region but has been mentored by Raila
The luo region is keen to find who will be there next kingpin after Raila retires.Paul Ongili alias Babu Owino( Embakasi East mp), Anyang Nyong’o(Kisumu governor), James Orengo( Siaya senator) and Otiende Omollo (Rarieda member of parliament) have been tipped to be among those who can be selected to wear Raila’s shoes.