ODM leader Raila Odinga ( Photo Courtesy)
As ODM leader Raila Odinga hits the ground running in readiness for a fifth stab at the presidency come the 2022 general election, he may be forced to change his game plan especially in the battle for some of the regions that were traditionally his strongholds.
One such region is the former Western Province where the former Prime Minister is headed for a major face-off with ANC party leader Musalia Mudavadi and Bungoma senator Moses Wetangula.
Mudavadi has insisted that he will never abandon his quest for presidency in favour of Raila. This hardline stance from the former Vice President will no doubt have a bearing on the ODM leader's State House ambitions. What should he do?
Tongareni MP David Eseli Simiyu ( Photo Courtesy)
In a bid to check on Mudavadi's growing influence in the region, Raila appears to have turned his attention to Tongareni MP David Eseli Simiyu as his new point man in the region as a backup to Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya.
During Raila's most recent "Azimio la Umoja" meeting held in Kakamega, Dr Simiyu is among those who attended the event. This is a clear sign that the former Prime Minister has won the support of the Tongareni MP.
Kenya Army soldiers in a past operation ( Photo Courtesy)
A former member of the Kenya Defence Forces, Dr Simiyu who served in the Kenya Army wing, which deals with land operations, is an astute politician who can bankroll Raila's political activities in "Mulembe nation".
Now serving as National Assembly deputy minority whip, Dr Simiyu has been engaged in a fierce political war with Wetangula over the Ford Kenya party leadership. At one point, together with Kanduyi MP Wafula Wamunyinyi, they dismissed the Bungoma senator at the helm of the Lion Party.
With the former University of Nairobi lecturer finding himself at crossroads ahead of the next poll, Dr Simiyu's future could be in ODM. And should the University of Tel Aviv- trained medical doctor join Raila's camp, the former Prime Minister will have received a major boost in his quest to stamp his authority in Western Kenya politics.
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