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Opinion: Why 2022 is the Hardest Political Test for Raila Odinga's Candidature

Making into office as Member of Parliament in December 1992 for Langata Constituency, Raila's political influence grew, spreading around the country. He made his first attempt for the top job in 1997, finishing third after Daniel Moi and Mwai Kibaki

That did not stop his political growth when he joined hands with Mwai Kibaki and the late Kijana Wamalwa for the political wave in 2002. After bringing the Narc coalition into power, a fallout with then-President Kibaki began due to constitutional reforms.

The political enmity continued to the 2007 general election, where he went head-on with Mwai Kibaki for the top seat. His hunger for Presidency did not end when he made other unsuccessful bids, in 2013 and 2017, against Uhuru Kenyatta.

His political journey involved allies who had always been by his side.Likes of Kalonzo Musyoka, William Ruto, Musalia Mudavadi, among other political icons.They always threw their weight behind Raila Odinga in his bids despite his continued loss and the opposition political steps he made against the government.

In the wake of March 9, 2018, President Uhuru and Raila Odinga made an unexpected handshake with the motive of putting Kenyans first. The handshake brought along the Building Bridges Initiative resulting in a fallout with his long-term allies. The bond between these two leaders grew when the President involved Raila in government activities. 

Making it public to run for office in the August 8 elections, his former allies attempt to block him from running for office. Some demanded the former Prime Minister pay the political debt he owed them, while others went to court to bar his name from the ballot box.

His biggest opponent William Ruto, who was once his allies in 2007, remains a threat to his bid. Having no support from his former allies forced him to look for alternatives with his biggest supporter being President Kenyatta.

In regions where he used to gather plenty of votes, leaders from these regions tend to oppose him this time around. He now has to change his political tactics to retain votes from these regions and gather more votes from where he was considered unpopular. 

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