Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga has succeeded in reinventing himself and is now calling the shots and enjoying enhanced state roles at a time when many had written him off following his defeat in the 2017 general elections with reports indicating that he is assembling his troupes in readiness for 2022.
Raila’s enhanced state roles and political master plan ahead of 2022
What is Raila up to?
Odinga is believed to have crafted a political masterplan to revive National Super Alliance (NASA) amidst concerns from DP Ruto’s camp that his main concern is to sink Jubilee.
On Monday, the former Prime Minister met former Bomet governor Isaac Ruto in what is believed to be a political move to keep Deputy President William Ruto in check and form a political behemoth that will be a key player in 2022 elections.
Also present during the meeting were former Cabinet ministers Franklin Bett and Zakayo Cheruiyot.
With Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka, Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang’ula and Amani National Congress boss Musalia Mudavadi back in the fold, Ruto’s return completes the formation.
His offices at Capitol is beehive of activities with Cabinet Secretaries, governors, Senior government officials and delegations lining up to meet him, leaving no doubt that he is a force to reckon with in Kenya’s politics and governance.
Among the latest to visit his offices is Public Service and Youth Affairs Cabinet Secretary Margaret Kobia who called on the former Prime Minister o Wednesday to update him on the preparations being undertaken for the International Youth Day.
Unsettling DP Ruto's camp
To the chagrin of Deputy President William Ruto’s close allies who thought that he would retire after losing the 2017 elections, Odinga has rebirthed himself through the handshake deal with President Uhuru Kenyatta as a peacemaker, to reclaim a part of the political space.
Odinga now enjoys more delegated authority by President Uhuru Kenyatta, representing the government at various functions and has often been seen announcing policy statements that are ideally reserved for government officials.
Last month, Odinga was received by a host of senior government officials when he presided over the ground-breaking ceremony Tatu City housing project by Unity Homes and brought in President Kenyatta’s regards.
Ruto allies have maintain that Raila’s handshake with Uhuru bears close resemblance to is 2002 dalliance with Kanu that saw him dismantle KANU before bolting out with several leading politicians at the time including Kalonzo Musyoka, George Saitoti and many others.
“We have known how he operates, if he sees that he cannot break a party from outside, he moves in and triggers an implosion from inside and moves on,” said Kipkelion West MP Hillary Kosgei.
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