Raila: Why I am Yet to Declare my Candidature

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    President Uhuru Kenyatta and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga officially open the 48km Ngong-Kiserian-Isinya and the 43km Kajiado-Imaroro roads in Kajiado County in May 2021
  • The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader, Raila Odinga, has disclosed why he is yet to declare his candidature to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta in the 2022 General Election.

    Speaking on Wednesday, October 6, Raila affirmed that his main focus is to take his Azimio La Umoja campaign bid to Kenyans, informing them of his track record as well as unveiling his plans for the future.

    The former Premier noted that his decision would be based on the opinions and consultations from Kenyans.

    Raila Odinga Addresses the Congregation at P.A.G Hardy, Lang'ata on Sunday,, September 5
    Raila Odinga Addresses the Congregation at P.A.G Hardy, Lang'ata on Sunday, September 5

    "I am getting the opinions of Kenyans on different issues and at the end of these consultations, which I hope is going to be by the end of this month, I'll have made up my mind and I will make an announcement if I am going to run or not," he stated.

    Further, he rubbished claims that he is Uhuru's project tag, claiming that he welcomes Uhuru to support him.

    "I have a track record which is known. I do not need to be sponsored by anybody, I'll go to Kenyans to tell them of what I've done in the past and what I intend to do in the future."

    "If the President supports me, it will be a compliment and I will be very happy," Raila stated.

    The former Prime Minister also implored eligible voters to register before the 30 days time-lapse set by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission expires.

    As alliances continue to be the power play for the majority of politicians, Raila's candidature would cause a paradigm shift in the political scene.

    This would pit the ODM party leader against Deputy President William Ruto, ANC party leader Musalia Mudavadi, Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka, and National Assembly Speaker, Justin Muturi, among others who have already declared their Presidential bid.

    President Uhuru and ODM leader Raila.
    President Uhuru and ODM leader Raila.