Credible reports coming out of Nairobi are hinting that the country’s controversial Prime Minster, Raila Odinga, who has spent the most part of three decades aspiring to be Kenya’s leader, will be opting out of the hotly contested presidency, as the country prepares to elect its next Head of State.
Odinga, who has made more enemies than friends in Kenya’s political circles, is said to have resigned from the thought of vying for the highest office of the land because he recognized that his chances are limited, as his political base erodes with the newly formed alliance of Wiliam Ruto, Uhuru Kenyatta and Musalia Mudavadi, all tough political forces bent on denying him the pleasure of being the next president of Kenya. Odinga is said to be stepping down along with president Mwai Kibaki after the next elections, scheduled to take place in 2013.
The Prime Minister is also believed to have lost support within his Luo tribal base as some of his tribesmen have become disillusioned for not doing enough to help them. And it seems his popularity has suffered a massive dent after his call for Ruto and Kenyatta to be indicted at the Hague for their alleged roles in the country’s Post Elections Violence that saw many killed and wounded. Some have also lost faith in Raila after his recent fallout with Musalia Mudavadi, and his recent alleged involvement in big shady deals may have not gone down well in some quarters.
It seems the new political alliance formed, have decided to accept Uhuru Kenyatta as the most formidable candidate to clinch the presidency and they are all throwing their wight behind him. It is reliably learnt that President Kibaki is also keen on handing over power to Kenyatta for obvious reasons. And former president Daniel Arap Moi, still a very potent force in Kenyan politics, wants to see Kenyatta become president.
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