NAIROBI, Kenya—Political showdowns are seeable in Kenya ahead of the 2022 general election. Bedrocks turning into battlegrounds as strongholds changing to foreign domiciles.
The Orange Democratic Movement boss Raila Odinga pitched camp in Western Kenya, a region considered Mudavadi’s stronghold. Raila has moved to wrest Western from Mudavadi’s political grip to fortify his foothold as the scramble for the region takes shape.
It has been established that Odinga has decided to focus on the region, take deep his roots as the 2022 election beckons.
Kenya is a nation shaped by tribal politics and alignments, opposed to ideologies and political agendas. The Luhya tribe is the second most populous group after the Kikuyu with two million registered voters.
During his forays in western Kenya, Raila was accompanied by Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya, who is also the ODM deputy party leader. According to ODM’s insiders, Raila is banking on Oparanya and Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa among other western leaders.
In a move to showcase Oparanya’s important role, Raila tagged him along to State House for high-profile engagements convened by President Uhuru Kenyatta and attended by One Kenya Alliance chiefs.
It’s a political matrix ignoring Amani National Congress leader Mudavadi, who performed dismally in his own backyard in his own backyard –when he contested for the top seat in 2013.
According to Raila’s thinking, Musalia’s presence could complicate things for the ODM supremo who is reportedly who is reportedly aiming to get a deputy from Mt. Kenya.
On Friday, Oparanya downplayed both Wetangula and Mudavadi’s presidential bids saying they have no chance in next year’s elections.
“Being on the ballot is nothing. I hear some people insisting that they must be on the ballot, being on the ballot and winning elections are two different things.” Oparanya noted.
However, his sentiments were bitterly dismissed by Lugari MP Ayub Savula, who affirmed that the area is locked behind Mudavadi.