Raila is the man to beat in 2022, MPS say

DP’S for­ays into Nasa zones will be fruit­less, Or­ange law­mak­ers claim

Daily Nation (Kenya) - - NATIONAL NEWS - BY RUSHDIE OUDIA

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Asection of ODM lead­ers have main­tained that party leader Raila Odinga re­mains the man to beat in the 2022 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

Led by Se­nate Mi­nor­ity leader James Orengo and Rarieda MP Otiende Amollo, the lead­ers tore into Deputy Pres­i­dent Wil­liam Ruto's for­ays in Op­po­si­tion zones, say­ing they will not bear fruit.

But de­spite Mr Odinga be­ing against the 2022 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion de­bate, Mr Orengo said many lead­ers were al­ready tour­ing the coun­try declar­ing their can­di­da­ture or sup­port­ing their pre­ferred can­di­dates.

“Ev­ery time I speak about this, I am taken as some­one who is ob­sessed with Mr Odinga's can­di­da­ture. We want to raise the name of Raila high, and can only do that by speak­ing about him,” said Mr Orengo yes­ter­day dur­ing a fundraiser for a church in Raliew in Rarieda, Si­aya County.

Mr Orengo said for the changes in the coun­try to be im­ple­mented, the coun­try needs a leader who is pro-re­forms.

“We want Kenyans to come out and sup­port him be­cause he is not only known na­tion­ally, but in­ter­na­tion­ally too. He is way ahead of th­ese other can­di­dates for pres­i­dency,” he said.

Mr Orengo said the con­sti­tu­tion needs to be re­viewed to im­prove ar­eas that were not per­fected be­fore it was pro­mul­gated.

“We must re­view the con­sti­tu­tion to cor­rect all the po­lit­i­cal is­sues we have,” said Mr Orengo.

Mr Amollo said who­ever is work­ing with the DP hop­ing that they will be pres­i­dent and Mr Ruto their run­ning mate is dream­ing.

He was re­fer­ring to Ford Kenya lead­ers Moses We­tan­gula and Boni Khal­wale who, he said, were work­ing with the DP hop­ing that they will form a coali­tion.

“Any­one who goes to Ruto should for­get about be­ing Pres­i­dent. We­tan­gula and Khal­wale know that very well,” said Mr Amollo.

He also pointed out that the con­sti­tu­tion speaks of the pres­i­dency, which com­prises the Pres­i­dent and his deputy. “We have a col­lec­tive pres­i­dency un­der the con­sti­tu­tion. Ruto and Uhuru have served their term jointly and there­fore the Deputy Pres­i­dent must re­tire with Mr Keny­atta,” said Mr Amollo.

Em­bakasi East MP Babu Owino said Mr Odinga will con­test in the 2022 polls and will win by which­ever means.

"This time round we will achieve what we have been fight­ing for. We will get proper de­vel­op­ment only if we have bet­ter lead­er­ship from the top," said Mr Owino.

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