Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga is one of the veteran politicians who have been in Kenya's politics for a long time. Also, he has contested for presidency more than any other politician in the country since Independence, and in 2022, he will be making his fifth stab at the seat.
He started making his first attempt at the country's top seat in 1997. He was unsuccessful after the late retired president Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi won the seat. He disputed the results and accused Moi of rigging himself to victory.
His second attempt was in 2007, where he contested fiercely with his closet rival Mwai Kibaki. However, Kibaki was controversially announced the winners even though the poll was allegedly marred with malpractices. Hell broke loose as ethnic clashes exploded. It led to the death of more than 1300 individuals and displacement of hundreds of thousands of others. Also, there was destruction of property.
The international community intervened and a United Nations envoy the late Prof Kofi Annan was sent to mediate and restore peace between the warring parties. It led to the formation of coalition government, where Raila was made the Prime Minister and he shared government equally with Kibaki.
Raila also tried presidency in 2013 and 2017, but was trounced successively by the Incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta.
Raila's Chances Of Being President In 2022.
The former prime minister will be trying his luck again in August this year. He hopes to win, now that he enjoys his newly-found brotherhood with Uhuru courtesy of handshake.
Kenyans are therefore, waiting to know whether he has a chance of leading the country in the aforementioned elections.
Nevertheless, the two obvious outcomes is that, he will either win or lose to one of his rivals
My opinion: What He Might Do After Losing.
If Raila loses for the fifth time, he might do the following:
1). Keep the fight
If Raila becomes unsuccessful, he may consider remaining in politics to continue fighting and he encourages his supporters of the upcoming liberation, as he has been doing.
2). Keep off the fight
However, if his bid flops for the record fifth time, he might call it a day in politics and he would retire.
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