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Opinion: Powerful Ex- Kibaki Minister Likely To Be Odinga's 2022 Running Mate

BusuKalala
By BusuKalala | self meida writer
Published 25 days ago - 20930 views

As ODM leader Raila Odinga continues to weigh his 2022 options amid speculations that all is not well with his handshake deal with President Uhuru Kenyatta, the former Prime Minister could have fixed his mind on the 2022 general elections.

Recently, Siaya Senator James Orengo set in motion of what could culminate into a rocky divorce between the President and Raila amid claims that some powerful individuals in Government are out to frustrate the ODM leader's State House bid.

If Raila finally dumps the President, he will be forced to start crafting his own path away from the handshake and BBI, which were widely believed to be tailored to propel him to State House.

With the National Super Alliance technically dead, Raila may be forced to turn to other political players in a bid to rescue his State House bid.

And former Trade Minister under the President Mwai Kibaki regime Dr Mukhisa Kituyi is one such men who can come to the rescue of the African Union Special Envoy for Infrastructure Development in his march to the seat of power.

Last month, just days after declaring his bid to run for President, Dr Kituyi met with Raila, Orengo and Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana.

Though the details of the meeting remain scanty, the 2022 political arithmetic cannot be ruled out. Amid the rare show of unity in Western between ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi and Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula, Raila can use Dr Kituyi to water down the duo' s influence in the region while selling his agenda in the Mulembe nation.

With the region slowly becoming a key battleground in the run to 2022, the Kituyi factor in the Raila calculations can actually tilt the scales in favour of the former Prime Minister.

If I were Raila, I would actually pick the former Kimilili MP and the second liberation hero as my running mate in 2022.A political heavyweight in his own rights, Dr Kituyi can re-energize the Raila political machinery and possibly deliver the presidency.

As a respected technocrat, his 8 year stint at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development has exposed him on how to successfully run a government. And with Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya also on board, Raila will surely manage to reclaim the region from Mudavadi.

And considering that he has also declared his presidential bid, Dr Kituyi can make a successful running mate for the Raila 2022 campaigns.

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