Raila proves Kikuyu’s century old mentality wrong

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Raila has run for President thrice, twice losing to a Kikuyu opponent – Kibaki in 2007 and Uhuru Kenyatta in 2013.

According to the ODM chief the only Presidential election he says he lost fairly was the 1997 where he came in third after then President Daniel arap Moi and Kibaki.

Raila claims that the only reason why Kikuyu’s dont vote him in is because there is this propaganda spread by ethnic chauvinists that he does not work well with them.

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However the march 9 handshake is believed it will make Kikuyu’s line up for him in 2022 and vote for him to presidency.

The handshake was a clear sign that politics can turn around and enemies turn to friends.The March 9 handshake was a mystery to all politicians across political parties as it came amid the 2017 heated political tension that had threatened the countries stability.

This, he said in an interview with Al Jazeera aired, has created a wedge between him and Kikuyu voters.“I work with Kikuyus. My legal adviser is a Kikuyu. I have a lot of Kikuyus who work with me.

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But Kikuyus have not voted for me because, basically, there is this propaganda spread by ethnic chauvinists to keep them away from me,” Raila said

He told Al Jazeera’s Head to Head programme in an interview that Kikuyus and Luos have always worked together, but the Central Kenyans never vote for him.

He said he was instrumental in ensuring former President Mwai Kibaki won during the 2002 general election.

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“It has not always been like that. When [Jomo] Kenyatta was in prison, my father, who was a Luo, Oginga Odinga, led the campaign for the release of Kenyatta. In 2002, I came up and said ‘Kibaki Tosha’, went out and campaigned for Kibaki, a Kikuyu, and the Luos voted for Kibaki 98.5 per cent,” Raila said.

Senate Minority Leader James Orengo confirmed that ODM is working with president to achieve dream.

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ODM is already scheming how to capture power in 2022 and believe President Uhuru Kenyatta could play a role in a coalition with the Orange party, a senator has revealed.

The revelation came at a time the ruling Jubilee Party was involved in high octane political wrangles that have threatened to tear it apart.

Orengo talked of a possible political power play that could see Raila and Uhuru in the same camp.
“ODM is going for political power, and when we are holding these meetings our eyes are set on 2022. The contestation for power is going to come from a formation with ODM in it and formation of Jubilee where Uhuru Kenyatta is playing a role,” he added.

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