Kenyatta has rallied his support for Raila Odinga to run for the upcoming presidential election 2022 in Kenya, month after their parties merged in August ahead of the upcoming election.
Despite their long term beef in the political system, the two veteran politicians have let bygone be bygone by agreeing to work together to come out victorious in the upcoming election.
Kenyan sitting president has publicly endorsed and embraced Raila Odinga who was his former rival in the political arena and said, “we have chosen Raila Odinga” before the group in Nairobi.
The decision to endorse Raila Odinga came a few weeks after the both veteran actors in politics in different parties merged ahead of the presidential and parliamentary election which shall hold in august.
President Uhuru Kenyatta party, Jubilee Party and Odinga Raila’s party, Orange Democratic Movement decided to join forces together to fortify and improve their chance of winning against other political parties in the forthcoming general election where they hoped to get nothing but victory.
The merging of the two big political parties in Kenya which have opposed each other in several situations came as a surprise to many.
The unexpected consensus between the two parties
Kenyatta and Odinga in 2018 had taken the nation of Kenya by surprise after they shook and embrace each other and announced a treaty after post election violence which had led to the loss of lives and property in 2017.
Raila Odinga is an outstanding politician who had served as the Prime Minister of Kenya from 2008 – to 2013. The former Prime Minister has always had the ambition to become the president of the state but has never succeeded.
He has failed in four different trials which are; in 1997, 2007, 2013 and 2017 where he tried to triumph in the election. Fortunately, seems his long term ambition may likely come true as he has been recognized as the presidential candidate of his party that has merged with the incumbent president party.
The endorsement of Raila Odinga was made after President Kenyatta dismissed his initial anointed successor, Williama Ruto who has long set his sight on the country’s top position from the Jubilee Party.