Many Kenyans are still curious about what happened to the Azimio presidential candidate after he lost the election to Dr. William Ruto of the Kenya Kwanza party by fewer than 100,000 votes. The election was marred by controversy after the results were challenged by four independent electoral and boundary commissioners who cited irregularities in the Bomas presidential results. IEBC Chairman Chebukati's announcement of the results revealed that Dr. Ruto had won the race despite the fact that several polls and media sources around the nation had suggested that his opponent might succeed him in winning the seat. Here are some potential inquiries as to why Raila might have lost; What precisely caused his defeat; Was it fair or rigged?
1. Was the handshake effective or ineffective? The handshake between Hon. Raila Odinga and the now-former president Uhuru Kenyatta may have cost the Azimio candidate more than he gained from it. Uhuru was aware that his government was in disarray following several scandals, including those involving the National Youth Service, Kimwarer, Covid Millionaires, offshore accounts, and loans that contributed to the recent rise in the cost of living. Knowing that the people would choose Ruto over Odinga out of compassion, Uhuru may have used the handshake to lament Odinga's demise. On social media yesterday, Embakasi Member of Parliament Babu Owino and Narok Aspirant Ole Kina questioned Uhuru on whether it was a "long con" and why he had stopped talking about the election.
2) Did the media and opinion polls deceive us? A few days before the election, the majority, if not all surveys, media outlets, and massive rally attendance may have misled him and the electorate into thinking he was already a winner, which wasn't the case.
3. Did His Campaigning Strategy Cost Him? In contrast to Raila, who held most of his rallies in urban areas, Ruto concentrated his campaigns by going very deeply into the villages, earning him the nickname Tangatanga. Ruto's connections to churches and other institutions may have helped him win over many Kenyans.
4) Or has his selection of friends and colleagues let him down? For a few weeks, Martha Karua, Raila's choice for his running mate, was heralded as the strongest, most balanced candidate. However, after the Deputy Presidential debate, when his opponent outperformed her, her notoriety began to wane. The fact that Raila was also said to be supported by Muranga millionaires like Royal media boss S.K. Macharia may have raised a lot of concerns among ordinary mwananchi.
5) Did His Age Play a Major Role? In contrast to Ruto, who was younger and spoke clearly, many people may have viewed him as the more qualified candidate to lead the country than the septuagenarian candidate. This was also noted by Ipsos as the main reason many people had chosen not to support him.
It will always be a mystery, but it will serve as a good reminder to future politicians to stake out your turf carefully to avoid disappointments in the future. Best of luck to the incoming president.
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