Political analyst Herman Manyora argues that Orange Democratic (ODM) leader Raila Odinga is a political machine that cannot be wrestled down easily.
Speaking to TV producer Jadiel Kabiro in a video posted on YouTube, Manyora who recently showered Deputy President William Ruto with praises that he would win the presidency if elections were held now believes Raila Odinga has a way of assembling a formidable team when least expected.
The University of Nairobi don on Thursday, August 5, said the former Prime Minister is a political wizard who does not necessarily need the recently formed One Kenya Alliance principles for him to defeat William Ruto in the 2022 General Election.
“And many Kenyans do not seem to understand….. I am telling you, Raila Odinga is a political machine. A political genius,” Manyora said.
According to him, Raila’s move to keep his supporters guessing on his next political move ahead of the 2022 General Election very strategic.
He opines the ODM leader is waiting for the outcome of the entire Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) appeal case on August 20, so he can officially start playing his political cards.
Manyora gave examples of the 2013 General Election where Raila looked beaten after losing all the strong politicians he had mounted a heavy challenge against the president Mwai Kibaki in 2007 General Election.
“After the collapse of the Pentagon -which brought together Najib Balala, Raila Odinga, Joe Nyaga, William Ruto and Charity Ngilu) people say that was the end of Raila, he came up with a new team… (which performed so well in the 2013 General Election),” he said.
Raila Odinga brought on board Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetangula to form Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD), an outfit that gave the Uhuru and Ruto pair a run for their money in the presidential race.
Manyora’s analysis comes at a time Raila Odinga’s 2017 political partners have deserted him to form One Kenya Alliance (OKA) accusing him of dishonesty.
The Former Prime Minister is technically isolated and with no political partners to form a coalition with, in a country where only a coalition stands a chance to win the presidency.
Manyora thus thinks the political machine in Raila will see him assemble a winning team just in time to face William Ruto, his fiercest competitor for the presidency next year.