The family of Jaramogi Oginga Odinga is undoubtedly one of the most recognized families in Kenya’s political scene.
Despite his death in 1994, Odinga’s name is still hitting news headlines almost every day, with his son, Raila Amollo Odinga, now being considered Kenya’s longest-serving opposition leader.
Kenyans are now wondering who will take over from the 77-year-old who lost his fifth stab at the presidency in the August 9, presidential election considering that it could be his last attempt due to his age.
However, even as the Luo Nyanza region still struggles to find a perfect replacement for the enigma Raila Odinga, political analyst Mutahi Ngunyi now proposes Raila’s daughter Winnie Odinga as the perfect heir to the Odinga’s thrown.
In a statement on Wednesday, October 26, the analyst argued that it took the Odingas more than a century to build its political dynasty.
As such, Mutahi said that the 32-year-old Raila’s last-born daughter must inherit.
“The Odinga family has invested 100 years building a political dynasty. Winnie Odinga must inherit it,” Mutahi Ngunyi said.
He however warned her that the institution is a jealous one and that it is not given on a silver plate but to inherit it, Winnie Odinga must fight hard to be the one.
“Remember that dynasties are jealous institutions. But Winnie must also know that: Dynasties are not inherited, they are taken violently,” the analyst added.
Four years ago, Mutahi Ngunyi said although former Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s political career is over, there is hope that his daughter Winnie Odinga will be the first woman president in Kenya.