Raila Hints at Not Vying for Presidency Next Year



Cord leader Raila Odinga has once again hinted that he may not vie for the presidency in 2017. The former Prime Minister has had three unsuccessful attempts at the top job, and next year has been branded as his ‘last bullet’.

Unlike in 2007 when the odds were in his favour, this time he is seen entering the race as an underdog, without the massive regional support he once enjoyed. Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetangula have in recent days expressed their displeasure at another Raila candidature and pundits think it is unlikely they will play second fiddle again.

In an interview with Standard at his Karen home, Raila said he is willing to shelve his ambitions provided Cord’s candidate has the clout to floor Uhuru Kenyatta.

He further revealed that his coalition is not limiting itself to Kalonzo Musyoka, Moses Wetangula and himself.

“If my candidature proves to be an impediment in our determined resolve to rescue the country from the grips of Jubilee, and if supporting another person would help, I would be more than willing to step down for them,” Raila said.

Raila continued to insist that his victory was stolen in 2007 and 2013, and that’s why he is fighting for electoral reforms.

“I have run three times. I have lost once. I know I was robbed. I know how I was robbed and that’s why I have insisted on electoral reforms. I know once we fix the IEBC we will be securing our victory. I am much wiser,” he said.

Reportedly, Cord has brought in a team of experts to study the strengths of all possible leaders who can square it out with Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto.


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