MP Insists That Raila Must Vie For The 2022 Presidency

Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga must be in the presidential ballot in next year’s general elections, Homa Bay Town Member of Parliament Peter Kaluma has said.

Raila is seen as among the politicians eyeing the seat, and has repeatedly suggested that he will be in the race, even launching his roadmap. He, however, is yet to officially declare his candidature.

But the MP, an ally of the former Prime Minister, has said that he must participate in the contest, suggesting that they could have to pressure him to go for it should he opt out of the race.

This, he says in a tweet, is because the veteran politician is the only person with a solution to the country’s current problems, stating that he must participate whether willingly or unwillingly.

“With Kenya’s debt burden, struggling economy and diverse people, we need an experienced Patriot with wide international links and network, a stable hand to pilot Kenya into the next phase! Baba Raila Odinga MUST be on the ballot apende asipende!” he says.

But Raila has said that him being in the ballot will depend on a number of things, including the preparedness shown by his perceived strongholds, especially Luo Nyanza and Western Kenya.

Speaking in the Nyanza region, his backyard, a week ago, the leader stated that he will only announce his candidacy when youths in these regions register as voters in large numbers to help him win.

“I want to go for this post when I am convinced that I have strong warriors behind me. We need numbers and everyone eligible to vote must ensure they register as voters ahead of the coming polls,” he said.

Raila has sought the seat four times and lost in all, blaming three of his defeats on rigging. His allies, however, say it is finally his time to rule and believe that he has everything he needs to win.

Among those who believe he will win and proceed to succeed the outgoing Uhuru Kenyatta is Kaluma.

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