Even as Wiper Democratic Movement party leader Kalonzo Musyoka continues to push for the Orange Democratic Movement party leader Raila Odinga to support his 2027 presidential bid, uncertainty surrounds the future political plans of the latter. However, a ranking member of the ruling party, United Democratic Alliance, is now speaking out on the issue.
Former Jubilee Party nominated senator Isaac Mwaura was speaking while making an appearance on KTN News’ political show Siasa Fiesta which was hosted by the station’s presenter Debarl Ainea. Alongside Mwaura in the studio were Kitui Central MP Makali Mulu and Daadab constituency member of parliament Farah Maalim.
Mwaura claimed that there’s a clique of politicians from Raila’s strongholds who know they can never win without a Raila euphoria to ride on. He predicted that although Raila will be 83 in the next poll, this clique, which apparently wields much power, will create a situation that forces Raila to be on the ballot once again. He asserted that this is bound to happen despite the fact that age is taking a toll on the Opposition Leader.
Kenya’s Kalonzo Musyoka of the Wiper Democratic Party, is one of the top contenders for the top seat in the opposition Azimio la Umoja One Kenya coalition. He is under increasing political pressure from his close allies to demand an early endorsement from the coalition’s leader Raila Odinga to succeed him as the One Kenya flag bearer in 2027.
Kalonzo’s allies are calling for him to take over the coalition leadership from Raila, whom he twice deputised during the 2013 and 2017 presidential bids.
On numerous occasions, in public rallies, Kalonzo has told supporters that he is the man to beat in 2027. He has indicated his intention to inherit Raila’s political strongholds – Western, Nairobi and Coastal regions – to battle it out against Ruto.
“This time round, there is nothing to stop me from becoming the President of Kenya. Ruto is the only obstacle and he knows it,” Kalonzo told supporters in one of his rallies last November.
Kalonzo, who has been in the political scene for more than 30 years now, served as vice president between 2008-2013. He launched a bid at the presidency in 2007, but finished third.
However, even as pressure mounts on Kalonzo, Raila has already hinted that he is not planning to retire anytime soon from the political scene.
During a recent interview with Citizen TV Kenya, the former prime minister was categorical that he has not indicated he will not vie again in 2027.
“If I don’t run, someone else will, but I have not said I’m not going to run,” Raila said.
The leadership of the Jubilee Party – that of former President Uhuru Kenyatta, one of the parties that forms the Azimio coalition – has already indicated that Raila is their preferred presidential candidate in 2027.
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