Political Rival Turns Ally.
Elders from Mount Kenya region mostly President Uhuru’s alliances will endorse ODM leader Raila Odinga for president this weekend. The delegation of more than 500 elders will tomorrow on Saturday 10th October, make a historic trip to Raila’s Bondo home —popularly known as Kango Kajaramogi — where the ‘surprise’ declaration will be made. On the same Saturday, former Prime Minister Raila and the President are expected to attend an inter-faith national prayer service at State House, Nairobi.
According to analysts the endorsements are designed to reorganize and rearrange the country’s succession politics, with the ultimate prize being to realign the Mt Kenya voting bloc. For over the decades, the Luos and the Kikuyus have been the strongest antagonists in most post-Independence elections but its like this time elders want history to take a turn. This unique meeting is the clearest indication that influential figures close to State House are keen on backing Raila and not Deputy President William Ruto for the country’s top job.
Earlier this week on Thursday, Kikuyu Council of Elders chairman Wachira Kiago confirmed they will travel to Bondo. According to him when they are united with Luo Nyanza, those seeking the region’s vote cannot obstruct their goal. “We are now friends; there is nothing that can stop us from engaging each other. We will meet with Nyanza elders and expect they will also visit us. The cohesion will bring lasting peace between us,” he said.
The elders’ endorsements come months after Uhuru’s man and Jubilee vice chairman David Murathe told Kenyans to brace for Raila’s presidency. “We think it’s time Kenyans rewarded the years of struggle of Raila Amollo Odinga. They owe it to him…2022 will be a Mandela Moment,” he said.
The same message was repeated on Tuesday by veteran politician Maina Kamanda. “Kenyans should prepare for President Raila Odinga in 2022. He is the best bet for the future as he will not plunder public resources,” Kamanda said.
Raila’s elder brother and EALA MP Oburu Odinga confirmed that preparations are in top gear to welcome the visitors. He declined to elaborate.
“For us, we are preparing to host them. A visitor is the one who comes with an agenda. It’s our visitor, whom we are eager to host, who will tell us how they see things,” Oburu said. After the Bondo meeting, the Luo elders and select political leaders will also be hosted for the second part of the meeting in Nyeri County on October 30.Follow us in social media: