Opposition chief Raila Odinga unsuccessfully contested for the presidency in the 2022 General Election.
As such, many thought that the 77-year-old son of Kenya’s first vice president Jaramogi Oginga Odinga was at the end of his political tether.
This was after the Supreme Court in September 2022 upheld the victory of President William Ruto as announced by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairman Wafula Chebukati.
However, in an interview with Citizen TV on Thursday, March 23, political analyst Herman Manyora laughed over claims by a section of political leaders who claim that Raila’s political relevance is diminishing.
While citing United States of America (USA) president Joe Biden, Manyora warned President William Ruto’s allies against writing off the former prime minister due to his advancing age.
“There’s this narrative that Raila is finished. It becomes laughable to say that the people of Nyanza want to move on from of Raila. This is just a reminder that the President of the most powerful country in the world, Joe Biden, is fairly advanced in age,” Manyora said.
Three weeks ago, former Mukurweini MP Kabando Wa Kabando said that the former Prime Minister’s political star is not off as many quotes believe.
Kabando argued that Raila was the only national leader in Kenya who has the ability to create a movement that can seriously oversight president William Ruto’s government.
“Rao (Raila) is not politically finished. In fact, he has a most strategic opportunity to re-emerge. Mobilizing Kenyans against tyranny, hunger, and graft university fees, is a noble patriotic task. But for Rao to bear this torch, he’d stop his tipsy watchtower over Karen royal,” Kabando said.