Advice I Gave Kalonzo Amid Raila Succession Talk - Sifuna

A photo of Azimio Principals Raila Odinga (right) and Kalonzo Musyoka in Kitui County on October 14, 2023.
Azimio Principals Raila Odinga (right) and Kalonzo Musyoka conversing during a rally in Kitui County on October 14, 2023.
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Nairobi Senator Edwin Sifuna has revealed a piece of advice he gave Wiper Leader Kalonzo Musyoka amidst an intensified push for him to succeed former Prime Minister Raila Odinga.

Speaking during a funeral service in Machakos County on Friday, February 23, the ODM secretary general revealed that he advised the Wiper leader to stick with the Raila amidst plans to divide the coalition.

Sifuna asserted that Kalonzo's closeness with the ODM boss would give him an added advantage should the former premier decide to pass the baton ahead of the 2027 polls.

The senator explained that ODM leaders would only follow Raila's direction regarding his successor during the election. However, he hinted that the Wiper leader was destined to succeed the ODM boss ahead of the 2027 polls.

Nairobi Senator Edwin Sifuna addressing a crowd on January 17, 2024
Nairobi Senator Edwin Sifuna addressing a crowd on January 17, 2024

"I told him to stay close to Raila because we (ODM) only take instructions from one centre and that is Raila.

"Last week I was with Kalonzo and he said that he would give me the docket of Foreign Affairs. Who gives out such roles in government?" he posed.

On the other hand, he called on leaders allied to Kalonzo to tone down on their push to have Raila endorse Kalonzo.

"Let me tell you the secret of ODM, What we do not like, is Raila being pushed to do something. Kenyans are expecting Azimio to take over the government.

"I also told the Kalonzo not to let someone come and divide us. We are already seeing plans to divide us using Raila's succession," he cautioned.

Succession within Azimio has gained momentum in recent weeks following Raila's intentions to contest for the Africa Union Commission (AUC) seat.

Should he be elected to the position, it is expected that the ODM boss will minimise his involvement in active national politics, hence the intensified succession talk.

However, ODM has dispelled the assertions, maintaining that Raila will still hold influence in the country's political arena.

Former President of Nigeria Olusegun Obasanjo with Azimio Party leader Raila Odinga enjoy a light moment after addressing the press at Karen, Nairobi, on Thursday, February 15, 2024