8th December 2023
Make a Donation

Kenya’s Odinga considers presidential bid in 2027

Author: Chany Ninrew | Published: Monday, November 13, 2023

Raila Odinga (Photographer: Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images.)

Kenya’s longtime opposition leader Raila Odinga has hinted at standing for president in 2027, his sixth attempt at winning the country’s highest seat of power, local media reported.

Speaking on Sunday, Mr Odinga affirmed that he was not retiring from politics and told President William Ruto to brace himself for a duel, according to Nation newspaper.

“I am not ready to go home, and you should be ready to support me. This region should be totally ODM,” Odinga said in reference to Homa Bay County where he was reportedly on a weekend tour.

The leader Azimio La Moja One Kenya coalition also threatened to overthrow the Ruto administration and told supporters to be ready for his instruction.

While accusing the current government of failing to alleviate the high cost of living, Odinga said: “Our plans as Azimio were to transform the country for development. Our goal was to address health, education and wealth creation through agriculture.”

Odinga lost to incumbent Ruto, who was declared Kenya’s fifth president in August 2022 by the country’s electoral commission.

He won with 50.49% of the vote, narrowly defeating the veteran opposition leader and former Prime Minister, who was contesting his fifth election.

Ruto’s first year in office has since been heckled by opposition-led cost of living protests.


Support Eye Radio, the first independent radio broadcaster of news, information & entertainment in South Sudan.

Make a monthly or a one off contribution.

error: Alert: Content is protected !!