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Kibra polls might end Raila era

Category : Politics | Sub Category : | Posted on: 2019-11-03 17:34:40


Kibra polls might end Raila era

The Kibra by-elections slated for 7th November 2019 has precipitated 2022 Post -Kenyatta II succession politics, a move that has renewed rivalry between former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and his purported political nemesis Deputy President William Ruto. The hotly contested seat is being ogled by Imran Okoth of ODM, Eliud Owalo of ANC, Jubilee’s Mc Donald Mariga and Ford Kenya’s Khamisi Butichi among others. Kibra parliamentary seat became vacant following the demise of the then MP Kenneth Okoth, who succumbed to the scourge of cancer.

The numerous political forays by Ruto has jolted Raila’s support base, thus forcing Raila to take charge of the campaigns from George Aladwa who is the ODM chairman Nairobi branch. For ODM, this is a do-or-die duel and nothing is left to chance. As Babu Owino would have it, ‘baba’s bedroom has to be secured at all costs. 

Kibra politics has renewed fissures within NASA, which were created during Raila’s ‘swearing in ceremony’ at Uhuru Park early last year. Appearing on KTNPointBlank, ODM secretary general Edwin Sifuna declared ANC, FordKenya and Wiper parties as parasites. 

The indomitable scion of Jaramogi is in a precarious condition, for Kibra is his last bullet of influence in Nairobi politics. Raila Odinga was the area’s MP for more than two decades and losing the seat to an opposing party will be tantamount to his extinction in the national political stage.

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