Former Solicitor General Njee Muturi has dropped a bombshell, revealing how former Prime Minister Raila Odinga lost the August election to President William Ruto despite having the backing of former President Uhuru Kenyatta and the deep state.
Speaking during an interview, Muturi, who is a close friend of Uhuru, said Raila’s plan did not work.
According to him, Raila’s plan to win the election was simple – retain his 2013 and 2017 votes, then get a marginal increase in Mt Kenya votes, guaranteeing him a comfortable victory.
Muturi revealed that it had been projected that if Raila retained the 45% national vote that he got in 2017 and added a marginal 20% from Mt Kenya (comprising 26% of the registered voters), it would translate to a further 55 giving him over 50% of the total votes cast and a first-round victory.
However, Muturi said things did not quite work out as planned for the Azimio team.
He noted that Raila’s voters in his Luo Nyanza backyard did not turn up in large numbers and he also lost ground in his strongholds of Ukambani, Western Kenya, and Coast to Ruto.
Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya party leader Raila Odinga has rubbished claims former president Uhuru Kenyatta betrayed him in the August 2022 polls.
There have been reports that the former president publicly supported Raila Odinga to win the presidency while privately backing his then Deputy William Ruto.
Speaking in an interview on Citizen TV, Mr. Odinga defended the former president, arguing he was only administering his role as Azimio Chairman and he was never really ever ‘supposed to campaign for me’.
“Uhuru was not supposed to be campaigning for me. I am a politician in my own right and I am capable of campaigning and winning elections and Uhuru knows it.” said Mr Odinga
“Uhuru chose to support me because of my track record, but he was not the one who was going to campaign for me. He did not move around campaigning for me. He basically stood on his duties and did not use his position as the incumbent president to swing the results in my favor.”
Mr Odinga also acknowledged he received a lot of votes from the former Head of State’s backyard, an indication of Kenyatta’s support.