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Ruto will not scare me from running in 2022-Raila Odinga opens up on his 2022 plans

As the race to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta at the helm gains momentum, Orange Democratic Movement leader Raila Odinga has talked ahead of his 2022 plans.

Odinga and Deputy President William Ruto have constantly been perceived to be the front runners come 2022 in the race to succeed Kenyatta, with DP Ruto publicly declaring an interest.

Speaking to TV 47 yesterday December 23, 2020, Odinga said that he was still focused on fixing the issues that affect Kenyans during electioneering periods.

The former premier went ahead to downplay the effects of Deputy President William Ruto’s rising popularity as posing a threat to his 2022 ambitions.

Odinga added that he did not fear taking on Ruto in 2022, but was only waiting for the right time to make a decision whether he is going for the top job.

He also said that he will not participate in an election where his chances of winning are very slim.

“I will not run if I do not stand a chance…Ruto will not scare me from running in 2022. Kenyans are intelligent and are able to see propaganda for what it is,” he said.  

 DP Ruto has already declared an open interest in running for the top seat, but Raila has constantly downplayed it while a number of his allies have insisted, he will be on the ballot come 2022.

On the matter of a possibility of working with Deputy President William Ruto, the AU special envoy eluded the question, saying he could not talk about it then.

“I don’t know and I cannot say it, for now, he is already charting his path alone,” he said.

This comes after he had on Wednesday, December 16, 2020, stated that they had worked before with the DP, and should circumstances demand, he would.

“They say politics make strange bedfellows. So we have worked with Ruto before and if circumstances will conspire then I will have to work with him again,” he said.

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