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Opinion: Why Raila Odinga's Popularity Cannot Be Ignored by Kenya Kwanza Government

Even as Raila Odinga is yet to come to terms with the loss in the presidential elections, his influence is still being felt in many parts of this country.

In Nairobi county, for instance, he has a majority of MCAs compared to Kenya Kwanza even though the latter won the gubernatorial seat.

Last week, Azimio MPs made their way to IEBC offices to challenge the laying off of the Deputy CEO, who was said to be an accomplice of Cherera's team.

We witnessed Kenyans rallying behind the MPs, and due to the danger that they posed, police were forced to chase them with teargas, showing that Azimio still has a voice that cannot be ignored.

Additionally, Raila Odinga is very experienced in driving the opposition, and now that the former President, Uhuru Kenyatta, is giving him support, his voice is going to be stronger than ever.

Raila is popular in Africa and even holds a position in the AU as the Special Representative for Infrastructure, which makes donors give him a listening ear, owing to his expertise.

Uhuru Kenyatta, on the other hand, has good relations with many leaders in the region as he has been the President for two terms and has maintained diplomatic relations.

It is after acknowledging this that William Ruto decided to take a step and visit Raila Odinga's strongholds at this time when he is yet to give them direction.

His move was timely to increase not only his political popularity but also national acceptance. Moreover, he successfully managed to have Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Wetangula in his camp, leaders who always rallied behind Raila Odinga and made him enjoy overwhelming support in the Western region.

For international relations, William Ruto will have to create them very soon as he has fewer relations compared to his predecessor and close competitor combined.

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