Raila to speak to Ruto about 2022 presidential bid

Raila Odinga addressing residents of Kapsokwony in Mt Elgon on May 15, 2016. [Photo/Courtesy]

CORD leader Raila Odinga has urged the Kalenjin community to support him in his bid for the presidency in the 2017 General Election since there will not be a presidential candidate from the community in the next polls.

Speaking during a funds drive at Ndanai Catholic Church in Bomet County, the CORD principal said that in return for his support in 2017, he would support DP Ruto in his presidential bid come 2022.

“There will be no Kalenjin presidential candidate in 2017, it will only be myself and Uhuru, Ruto will be vying in 2022, and when that time comes I will speak to him,” he said.

The CORD leader has expressed interest in vying for the country’s top seat in next year’s polls, while Deputy President William Ruto has confirmed that he will be supporting President Uhuru Kenyatta in next year’s General election as he awaits his turn in 2022.

However, other CORD principals, Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetangula, have also expressed interest in vying for the top seat in 2017, bringing fears of a power struggle within the opposition coalition.

Ford Kenya party leader Moses Wetangula officially launched his 2017 presidential bid on April 2, 2016 at the historic Masinde Muliro Gardens, Kakamega during a rally skipped by Coalitions for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) leader Raila Odinga and Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya.

The meeting was characterised by chaos that left two people seriously injured, with Wetangula, who was installed as a Luhya Community elder, saying he will focus on strengthening devolution, fighting graft, uniting Kenyans and ensuring equity in resource and job allocations.

Two weeks later, it was announced that CORD had settled on consensus or the ballot to pick a presidential candidate, as opposed to endorsement in order to avert any discontent within the coalition, with CORD leader Raila Odinga refuting claims that he was the automatic presidential flag bearer for the coalition.

Raila claimed that any principal within CORD has the ability to be the coalition’s presidential candidate, terming the ‘favourite’ tag as a creation of the media and Jubilee to drive a wedge within CORD.

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