Coast is among the regions that have been in support of the former Prime Minister and his presidential candidatures during previous elections, backing that has, however, been reducing lately.
Mwakimako says that judging by the Wednesday meeting between three governors from the region and President Uhuru Kenyatta, things could soon worsen for Raila, who appears not ready to retire from politics.
For him, its clear that Raila is losing his initial strong influence in the region and will have to go back to the drawing board if he is to reverse the situation.
“Raila’s position seems to be weakening in the Coast. He needs to rethink and rework on his strategy,” the commentator is quoted by the Daily Nation.
Led by Kilifi governor Amason Kingi, one of those who were hosted by Uhuru, some area leaders have been pushing for the formation of a regional party.
And with speculations rising that Uhuru might have addressed the matter with the governors, possibly as part of a bid to weaken ODM and Raila in the Coast, the analyst has doubted this.
For him, while it is wrong for Raila to oppose the formation of such a party as it could cost him, it is very unlikely that the president is interested in such an issue and must have only stuck to necessary issues.
He is also of the idea that the union of Kingi, Hassan Joho (Mombasa) and Salim Mvurya of Kilifi is an indication that they could be planning something, which could come as another blow for Raila.
"These are national leaders and need the region. There meetings are an indication of major political events,” he is quoted.
Raila is already struggling in Western Kenya, another of his perceived strongholds, which seems to be getting out of his hand and into that of the ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Wetangula (Ford Kenya) duo.
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