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Raila: “I do not need Uhuru’s endorsement, but this is the only thing that I need from him”

Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga has rubbished claims that he needs President Uhuru Kenyatta’s endorsement in the 2022 elections.

The ODM party leader ODM leader Raila Odinga has stated that he does not need President Uhuru Kenyatta’s endorsement in the 2022 elections.

Speaking to Citizen Radio on Thursday 8th July 2021, the ODM part leader stated that contrary to reports, he is not keen on the much-sought after endorsement, adding that all he needs from his ‘handshake partner’ President Uhuru is his vote in 2022.

“Sijasema nataka endorsement ya Uhuru, ile kitu nitahitaji labda ni kura yake,” Raila told the Radio Citizen crew.

In a statement that was taken to mean that the ODM party leader will be in the ballot in 2022, Raila stated that the notion that he had one last bullet in 2017 was a creation of the media, stating that he magazines.

“Mimi sikusema niko na risasi moja, sijasema niko na risasi moja, niko na magazine kubwa,” Raila said.

The spanner was thrown into the works on 18 June 2021 when Jubilee and ODM announced that the two parties would work together towards the 2022 elections.

“The meeting we have had today is a culmination of several other meetings that we have held before to formalise the coalition with the former Prime Minister,” Jubilee Party secretary-general Raphael Tuju confirmed on 18 June 2021.

Deputy President William Ruto has emerged as a front runner in the race to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta but is increasingly cutting the image of a man surrounded by criminals who have been found guilty in courts of law, suspects with active cases in court and a team of lawmakers with nothing to show for it despite being in parliament for years.

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