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Hatutakubali! Gaucho reacts to Raila’s AU chairmanship bid

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Raila Odinga, a prominent opposition leader in Kenya, has recently announced his intention to vie for the chairmanship of the African Union (AU), igniting a contentious debate within the country’s political circles.

Odinga’s aspiration has prompted mixed reactions, with some expressing support for his continental leadership role, while others, like former Bunge la Mwananchi president Calvince Okoth, known as Gaucho, opposing his departure from Kenya’s political scene.

Gaucho’s opposition stems from concerns about losing a vocal advocate for the common citizens if Odinga assumes the AU chairmanship. He sees Odinga as a crucial figure in Kenya’s political landscape, likening him to the biblical Moses, emphasizing his role as a champion for the people.

“Baba (Odinga) is our savior. If he takes such a position, who will advocate for us? Who will amplify the voices of ordinary citizens? The current government will continue to oppress us, and the plight of the common mwananchi may go unheard,” Gaucho asserted.

On the other hand, Azimio principals have endorsed the coalition chief Raila Odinga’s resolve to contest the African Union Commission chairmanship.

The principals addressing a press conference in Karen, said the ODM boss is suited to takeover the continental assignment that is falling vacant early next year.

“As Azimio we endorse Raila for the chairperson following Thursday’s public announcement,” Kalonzo said.

“We call upon our compatriots to give support to Odinga.”

Kalonzo was accompanied by Narc Kenya leader Martha Karua, DAP-K boss Eugine Wamalwa, PNU leader Peter Munya and Roots leader George Wajackoya.

The briefing was also attended by Jubilee Secretary General Jeremiah Kioni and the former ruling party vice chairperson David Murathe.

On Thursday, Raila said he was ready to go for the chairmanship of the African Union Commission.

Speaking in Karen, Raila explained why he was the best candidate for the job.

“I am inclined to accept the challenge and I am ready and I offer myself to be of service. I have asked my friend (Former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo to continue to be a good ambassador and talk to other people,” he said.

Raila said he had been consulting widely among friends on whether to take the job or not.

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