ODM party leader Raila Odinga has said he does not need President Uhuru Kenyatta to make him the nation’s fifth president amid repeated claims the president will endorse the ODM leader for the top seat in 2022.
Speaking to Tanzania’s Star TV, the former prime minister instead said that Kenyans are the ones who have the legal powers to make him the Head of State through an election.
“If I want to be president, I do not need Uhuru to help me. That is a role reserved for Kenyans. Uhuru cannot install me. That is left to Kenyans. Those coming up with such claims are spreading propaganda,” Raila said.
Raila was speaking amid reports that Uhuru would install him the President as part of a truce between the two political giants.
It is understood that Odinga and Uhuru have been working together since the famous March 2018 handshake suggesting that the `head of State would easily pass the bottom to the opposition leader in the 2022 General Election.
This came out during President Uhuru’s meeting with Ukambani leaders where the Head of State urged the former National Super Alliance principals (Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka, Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Wetang’ula) to work together ahead of the 2022 presidential election, suggesting he would endorse one of them for the country’s top seat.
However, Kalonzo Musyoka and Musalia Mudavadi have expressed dissatisfaction with the president’s move asking them to unite ahead of the next General Election, insisting it is Raila’s turn to support them.
Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka last week said he will be the most stupid person if he will support Raila who is yet to declare his intentions for the presidency for a fourth record time.
ANC party leader Musalia Mudavadi on his part said he has set his eye on the presidency and that if they have to work together with Raila again, then the former premier must return favors by supporting his dreams.