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Raila Odinga’s Last Bullet? The New Game Plan to Clinch Power

Kevin Ochieng



Kenyan history can never be written and be complete without mentioning the name of Raila Amollo Odinga. The ex Prime minister and the current Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader has in sever occasions vied for the top seat in the country without any success.

In the last three general elections, he was so close but not close enough to be in power. In 2007 general, it is believed that the opposition leader won the elections but victory was handed over to the then incumbent president Mwai Kibaki. This led to post election violence which saw thousands of Kenyans being mercilessly killed on the street and others rendered homeless.

After peace negotiation by some of the world leaders, including Kofi Annan, he accepted and was given the position of prime minister.

In 2013 general elections, Raila came second and challenged the elections in the supreme but the ruling was never on his side. He accepted and promised to fight for another day. The last general elections he was defeated, challenged the results which nullified. He later boycotted the elections giving his opponent a direct win.

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Things changed when he was sorted out for peaceful relationship with the president Uhuru Kenyatta. The historical handshake has changed politics in Kenya. Without any doubt, the relationship between Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga has continued to strengthen each day as that of his deputy, William Ruto continue to deteriorate. Could this be a game plan for Raila to get into power this time?

Sections of Kikuyu elders and leaders have today gathered at his home in Bondo, Siaya county to endorse him as the successor of president Uhuru Kenyatta.


In attendance was Peter Kenneth, former presidential candidate. Some sources claims that he could be Raila’s running mate in 2022 general election.

If things are to go as they are seen, then Ruto is likely to have hard time in winning the elections. He will have to come up with new ways to get more votes. If leaders from Kikuyu land supports Raila’s presidential race, then it will be an advantage to him as the bites from mount Kenya region are high.

This might be his last bullet if at all he will decide to vie. If he miss, then only the future will tell. It is two years to the general elections. The only thing Kenyans can do is to wait and see how things unfold and finally to make the right decision on the voting day.

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Politics is a dirty game and youths should never allow themselves to be used by selfish politicians for their own gain.

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