Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga is now eyeing fresh faces as he crafts a 2022 winning team days after his fallout with National Super Alliance co-principals.
Odinga recently dropped the clearest hint that he will be on the ballot for the presidency for a record fifth time and after partying ways with Kalonzo Musyoka, Musalia Mudavadi, Isaac Ruto, and Moses Wetang’ula, the presidential hopeful is now keen to have fresh faces.
He has identified six second-term governors, influential first-term governors, Members of Parliament, members of civil society, and businessmen a group he believes will form the next government.
Suna East MP Junet Mohamed told the Standard that the ODM leader has built politicians who have since become national figures and this election Raila Odinga will bring up a new and robust team that will replace NASA partners.
“The team around Raila will be fresh and energetic. Those who have fallen by the wayside will eventually have no choice but to join the formidable group under the enigma(Raila Odinga),” Junet said.
On Thursday last week, the presidential hopeful met members of the civil society led by Kenya Human Rights Commission board chairman Makau Mutua, Chief Executive Officer George Kegoro, and Maina Kiai, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association.
Prior to this, the former Premier had been hosted by media mogul SK Macharia at his home in Gatanga were more than five sitting governors were present.
In the Western region, Raila Odinga is said to be counting on the support of Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya who recently shelves his presidential ambitions in favor of his party leader.
He is also banking on the support of former minister Paul Otuoma, ODM Secretary General Edwin Sifuna, and Bungoma Governor Wycliffe Wangamati, Devolution CS Eugene Wamalwa, and former United Nations Conference on Trade and Development boss Mukhisa Kituyi to back him for the top seat as he crafts a 2022 winning team.
Odinga is also wooing MP Junet, governors Anyang Nyong’o (Kisumu), Cornell Rasanga (Siaya), James Ongwae (Kisii) among others even as he sets eyes on being the One Kenya Alliance flag bearer.