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Why Ruto’s bid to portray Raila as a State project is doomed

Why Ruto’s bid to portray Raila as a State project is doomed

By Correspondent, thingiragema@gmail.com

Deputy President William Ruto and his brigade are working hard to portray ODM leader Raila Odinga as a State Project.

But comparing Raila;s 2022 presidential bid to Uhuru Kenyatta’s 2002 presidential bid won't work for the following reasons.

1.               Raila Amolo Odinga is a seasoned politician who has previously vied for Presidency four times before making it to the second position thrice (2007, 2013 and 2017). In the past three General Elections, Raila has maintained a 44% support nationally.

2.             In 2002 General Election Uhuru Kenyatta had not vied for Presidency before and was new to the national politics. He was also being supported by President Daniel arap Moi which showed he was obviously Nyayo's project.

3.              The meaning of Project comes with Age. An older person cannot be a project of the younger one. Raila Amolo Odinga is 77 years while Uhuru Kenyatta is 60 years.

4.             When Uhuru was born, Raila was already 17 years. How can an old guy like Raila be a project of a younger person like Uhuru Kenyatta?

5.              Uhuru was branded Moi's project in 2002 because he was 41 years then when Moi was 78 years. By age difference, Moi was 37 years older than Uhuru and automatically by nature Moi was fit to be Uhuru's father and reason he was a project.

6.              Experience. An experienced person like Raila Amolo Odinga cannot be anyone's project. At 77 years, Raila Amolo Odinga has served this country as Prime Minister for five years (2008 to 2013). In addition Raila was the Minister for Roads, Public Works and Housing between 2002  and 2005 and is credited to the mega-infrastructural projects during Mwai Kibaki's regime. Raila was also the Minister for Energy (2001 to 2002) under the KANU-NDP merger.

7.              Further, Raila Amolo Odinga served as KANU's Secretary General before leading mass walkout from the then ruling party over Moi's choice of young Uhuru then.

8.             When Moi supported Uhuru in 2002, he was new in national politics.

9.             So United Democratic Alliance (UDA) needs to understand NOT everyone can easily be labeled as a State Project. Ingekuwa Musalia Mudavadi as a Presidential Candidate, huyo angeonekana project automatically.


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