A weird and unbelievably uneasy moment unfolded live right on-air, and although the Orange Democratic Movement party chairman John Mbadi later tried some damage control by saying he accepts but doesn’t agree that Raila lost that election, it was too late and the damage had already been done.
Events leading up to this moment had been preceded by a very simple question, or rather, what was considered to be a very simple question for John Mbadi; did Raila Odinga win the 2013 general elections.
Mbadi is not only a top official of ODM but also a staunch supporter of Raila Odinga, and so it had been expected he would easily and immediately say that yes Raila did win that election. This is especially so because Raila himself has always maintained that he didn’t lose at those polls.
Surprisingly, when asked, Mbadi stammered hesitantly, unable to answer, but instead emphasising that Raila won in 2007 and 2017.
All this was unfolding on yesterday’s episode of Jeff Koinange Live show hosted by Jeff Koinange. The other guest on the show was Garissa Town member of parliament and former National Assembly Majority leader Aden Duale.
It remains difficult what to attribute yesterday’s awkward moment to, and if Mbadi’s action, or inaction, was as a result of a matter of principle, or something else.
It took place as Mbadi was explaining the fact that William Ruto had never participated in a single presidential election, let alone even win one, yet Raila had taken part in many and won two; in 2007 and 2017. He put Duale on the spot after Duale tried to dispute Raila’s alleged 2007 victory, reminding him that they were together in ODM fighting for what he termed as Raila’s stolen victory.
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