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Oburu: Nothing stops Raila from working with Ruto

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East Africa Legislative Assembly (EALA) MP Dr Oburu Odinga has hinted of a possibility of the Raila Odinga working with Deputy President William Ruto in 2022.

In an exclusive interview with one of the local TV stations, Oburu who is Raila’s elder brother said that the differences between the two leaders are political and not personal and can still work together if circumstances necessitates.

“When the appropriate time comes, Raila will form an alliance and those talking now will be surprised. It is too early for those alliances to come, especially before we know the fate of BBI,” said Oburu.

Oburu dismissed allegations that Raila was losing political ground, including at the Coast where he ended a four-day tour yesterday, adding that Raila is a tactful politician and an organizer whose political acumen should be underrated by anyone at their own peril.

He noted that the alliances that had started forming were too early to carry home.

Amani National Congress (ANC) leader Musalia Mudavadi, Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper), Gideon Moi (Kanu) and Moses Wetangula (Ford Kenya) have formed an alliance ahead of the 2022 polls.

Oburu said in the absence of Musalia, Kalonzo and Wetangula, Raila was already building political friendships with other leaders in their regions and dismissed the assumption that the three were part of Raila’s support base.

“If you look at those formations, how will they be sustained and taken forward when there is no identity? Even if one of them says that they want to be president, who will lead in their alliance? It is too early to have the formations, they are not sustainable,” Oburu said.

The EALA lawmaker noted that the formation does not worry the Orange Party boss, adding that: “because when we move to the election, things will change.’’

“If you take Wetangula and compare him with Dr Mukhisa Kituyi who is an ally of Raila, they (Raila and Kituyi) are working together and there are other people like Wafula Wamunyinyi who have eroded the Ford Kenya leader’s base,” said Oburu.

He also pointed at other leaders in Ukambani where Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka is believed to hold sway.

He said Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu, Prof Kivuth Kibwana in Makueni and Machakos Governor Dr Alfred Mutua were allies of Raila.

Raila, he said, was not seeking endorsement from President Uhuru Kenyatta to bid in 2022.

He said though they were not relying on President Kenyatta, they were hopeful he would not use the State machinery against them.

Oburu claimed they had won three elections, including beating President Kenyatta twice in 2013 and 2017, without the help of the State and they were confident that they will be in a better position in 2022.

Dr Oburu also exuded confidence that the BBI Constitutional amendment bill will be subjected to Kenyans through a referendum and that Kenyans will overwhelmingly vote for the change.

The Constitution of Kenya (Amendment) Bill, 2020, popularly known as the BBI Bill, last week got the greenlight from 43 county assemblies, surpassing the threshold of 24 counties constitutionally required to have it proceed to Parliament.

On Thursday, both the National Assembly and Senate introduced the Bill amid a push to hasten the process ahead of the planned June referendum.

On Friday, the clerks of both Houses invited Kenyans to present their views during public participation on the proposed law.

On matters impeachment of the Deputy President, Oburu said the process should be initiated by Jubilee Party and other parties then consider supporting it.

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