Raila Odinga, the leader of the ODM, is knitting a circle of governors from the Mt Kenya region, a team of former foes turned allies, in his quest to spread his message to the whole of Mount Kenya region and erode DP Ruto's popularity.
He has already win seven of them; Kiraitu Murungi (Meru), Francis Kimemia (Nyandarua), Lee Kinyanjui (Nakuru), Ndiritu Muriithi (Laikipia), Martin Wambora (Embu), Muthomi Njuki (Tharaka Nithi), and James Nyoro (Kiambu),who serve as the keys holding Raila's dreams of victory on Mt Kenya.
Deputy President William Ruto is supported by Anne Waiguru (Kirinyaga), while Mutahi Kahiga (Nyeri) has yet to declare his position. Mwangi wa Iria (Murang'a) aspires to be president.
Raila's seven supporters have earned a place in his inner circle, planning the ODM leader's recent tours in all of their respective counties and mobilizing the masses to attend Raila rallies.
The governors represent the devolution of Raila's Handshake with President Uhuru Kenyatta. Governors, who are in charge of counties, stand out as people with a lot of power. Raila appears to be counting on it to boost his numbers from the region and beyond.
Next year will put to the test whether or not they are winning him numbers. However, his team has elicited a response from Ruto, who has rebuked their support for Raila, apparently concerned that they may be eroding what would have otherwise been part of his base.
Kiraitu is the only one of the seven who has reconnected with the former prime minister, with whom he collaborated on the push for multi-party democracy as a member of the Forum for the Restoration of Democracy (Ford) party's "young turks."
Content created and supplied by: CarolineNews (via Opera News )
Opera News is a free to use platform and the views and opinions expressed herein are solely those of the author and do not represent, reflect or express the views of Opera News. Any/all written content and images displayed are provided by the blogger/author, appear herein as submitted by the blogger/author and are unedited by Opera News. Opera News does not consent to nor does it condone the posting of any content that violates the rights (including the copyrights) of any third party, nor content that may malign, inter alia, any religion, ethnic group, organization, gender, company, or individual. Opera News furthermore does not condone the use of our platform for the purposes encouraging/endorsing hate speech, violation of human rights and/or utterances of a defamatory nature. If the content contained herein violates any of your rights, including those of copyright, and/or violates any the above mentioned factors, you are requested to immediately notify us using via the following email address operanews-external(at)opera.com and/or report the article using the available reporting functionality built into our Platform See More