The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader, Raila Odinga has revealed that he has changed his political strategy ahead of 2022 Presidential election.
While addressing mourners on Friday, August 13, 2021 during the burial of Homa Bay Senator Moses Kajwang’s father, David Ajwang, in Homa Bay County, Raila expressed his confidence that he would win the Mount Kenya votes.
In his statement, the former Prime Minister admitted that Mt Kenya has always been one of his stumbling blocks in his presidential ambitions. He however, assured his followers that he has devised a method to win over the heart of vote-rich Mount Kenya region.
“I have looked ahead and seen where we all should go. I hope you too have seen this. Kumekucha (It has dawned) and I hope you have seen this too,” Odinga said.
“I have seen the point of entry to the mountain, though some people still object this.” Raila added.
Odinga expressed optimism that his new strategy would help him counter Deputy President William Ruto’s influence in Mt Kenya after President Uhuru Kenyatta preferably settled on him as his 2022 successor.
On Thursday, August 12, 2021, the opposition leader held a meeting with Mount Kenya businessmen in Kiambu County.
During the meeting, Raila revealed that he intends to hold talks with Kikuyu Council of Elders and Luo elders in Nyeri on August 28, 2021.
Ndaragua Member Parliament Jeremiah Kioni, on his part dismissed claims that Odinga was unsalable in the region, arguing that they found a way to market Ruto despite facing ICC criminal charges in 2013.
“Ruto has failed the president for four years. We can undo the inroads he has made within three months as we move towards the election,” Kioni stated.
Siaya Senator James Orengo stated that Odinga stood with the late Kenneth Matiba and Charles Rubia in detention and wondered why Mt Kenya region was against Odinga who also supported former President Mwai Kibaki in 2002.
“Where was Ruto then? Was Ruto their friend then or Raila?” Orengo asked.
Orengo asked ODM party Chairman and National Assembly Minority Leader, John Mbadi, to summon Ruto to provide evidence against the Turk, Harun Aydin, who was removed from the county by government agencies.
“There has been no protest from the Turkish Embassy since we returned their foreigner, as they are aware of his alleged businesses. The work permits he had were forged and it was established he engaged in money laundering,” Orengo stated.