Siaya County Senator James Orengo has claimed that his Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader Raila Odinga is ready to take up the mantle in 2022.
Orengo while speaking at a burial in Migori County appeared to warn ODM’s opponents to brace for a tough Presidential race in the 2022 general elections as he claimed that no politician can beat the former Prime Minister.
The Senate Minority leader also took a swipe at National Super Alliance (NASA) co-principles; Amani National Congress (ANC) party leader Musalia Mudavadi, Wiper Democratic Movement leader Kalonzo Musyoka and Ford Kenya’s Moses Wetangula for chickening out as other members contested the 2017 general elections results.
“There is no political heavyweight in Kenya right now who can match ODM leader Raila Odinga. He is heavy and ready to take over the country’s leadership. Where we were battling the disputed 2017 presidential election result, some cowards left us alone,” he said.
Orengo also dismissed the three for forming an alliance ahead of the incoming general elections after demanding that Raila Odinga support one of them for the country’s top seat.
He said that those fighting Raila Odinga’s ascension to the Presidency by forming alliances should tell Kenyans where they were when Raila was being sworn in as the people’s President at Uhuru Park.
Although Raila has not publicly declared that he will throw his hat in the ring one more time as he attempts to win the top seat that eluded him for years, his ‘soldiers’ have been hinting that the ODM leader will be in the ballot box.
The trio consisting of Musalia Mudavadi, Kalonzo Musyoka, and Moses Wetangula was part of the NASA coalition and accused Raila of not keeping his promise with the ANC leader calling him a political con.
This was after Raila made it clear that he was not going to support any of his former NASA co-principles in 2022 explaining that they left him at the hour of his need and therefore did not deserve his support.
Last year August Sunday 9 Raila explained the reason why the National Super Alliance was had died.
In an interview with NTV, the former Prime Minister said that the main reason for the coalition in 2017 was to win the country’s top seat and because it did not win, the coalition died automatically.