Uasin Gishu Woman Representative Gladys Boss Shollei has accused ODM leader Raila Odinga of doing nothing to grow his political career, unlike Deputy President William Ruto.
Speaking on Citizen TV Monday, August 9, Shollei said that William Ruto’s career on the other hand has been on an upward trajectory
“Recycling is when a leader attempts the same position all the time and never succeeding, Raila Odinga is an example, 5 times trying the presidency and has never won it. (Wiliam) Ruto’s career has been an upward trajectory that is not recycling, it is growth,” she said.
Pundits have considered DP William Ruto and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga as front runners in the race for the 2022 presidency.
Whereas this will be Ruto’s first time running for the presidency, it will be a record fifth time for the opposition leader Raila Odinga should join the race.
Odinga ran for the presidency for the first time in 1997 where he garnered 665 725 votes and emerged third with late President Daniel Moi and retired president Mwai Kibaki scooping positions one and two respectively.
In 2003, Raila shelved his presidential ambitions in favor of Mwai Kibaki who won.
Raila Odinga went on his own in the 2007 General Election and faced off with Kibaki where he emerged second with 4.3 million votes against Kibaki’s 4.5 million.
Five years later, Odinga again vied for the presidency under the Coalition for Reform and Democracy (CORD) where he lost to the youthful lineup of Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto after scooping 5 million votes against his major competitor who garnered 6 million.
As if it was over, Raila again was on the ballot for the 2017 presidential election under the recently dissolved National Super Alliance.
President Uhuru floored Raila Odinga with close to 2 million vote margin, a move that although the Supreme Court annulled the presidential results and declared a re-run where Raila ordered his supporters not to participate in the process.
Raila who recently confirmed that he will be on the ballot for the 2022 presidential election makes it the fifth time the opposition leader will be seeking to become a tenant for the house on the hills for the next five years.