Opposition leader contemplates 5th bid for Kenya’s presidency

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Raila Odinga to contest in 2022 Kenya's Presidential election.

Kenya’s opposition leader, Raila Odinga will contest in the 2022 presidential elections.

Odinga, who was at the centre of the hotly contested and disputed 2017 presidential elections, is currently working with president Uhuru Kenyatta to reconcile and unite the nation.

A senior member of his party, Senator James Orengo, together with other members of Odinga’s Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party, confirmed his intentions to launch a 5th bid at the presidency in 2022.

“We are rebranding our party leader to contest on an ODM party ticket in 2022,” Orengo said at the burial of the mother-in-law of former Gem MP Joe Donde in Ikolomani Kakemga County.

Odinga, who has twice lost presidential elections to President Kenyatta, refused to accept the outcome of the August 8 presidential elections. He instead organised a symbolic inauguration where he was sworn in as the ‘people’s president’.

Odinga’s bid is expected to be countered by the political base of deputy president William Ruto, who has sights on the highest office in the land.

“It is not a surprise at all. We have all along known he was getting ready for another bid. We are ready for him. We are working to solidify the DP’s base,” Senator Samson Cherargei, who supports Ruto’s presidential bid said.

Uhuru and Odinga have in the past maintained that the March 9 handshake did not include 2022 succession politics.

 

Mercy Chukwudiebere