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There is Still Hope For Raila in 2027 – Kipruto Kirwa

by Zablon Ondari
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Former United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party vice-chairperson Kipruto Arap Kirwa has expressed confidence that the Azimio La Umoja leader Raila Odinga will win the presidency in 2027 despite his loss in the 2022 polls.

Speaking in an interview with K24 on Wednesday morning, 21st September Kirwa said that the former Prime Minister will be formidable in the next general election despite his age.

“I would be hesitant to write the obituary of any politician. I know one man in Africa called Abdoulaye Wade who became the president of Senegal aged 74 after trying for 35 years,” Kirwa said.

“Raila maybe 81 or 82 in the next election. This, therefore, means he is still formidable. To be elected you do not need to be so energetic, you just need to be present and be in tune with the wishes of the people.”

When questioned about his decision to join Azimio, Kirwa stated that he doesn’t regret leaving Kenya Kwanza Alliance because their ideas were different from those of the UDA party.

“In politics, when you feel uncomfortable about the environment under which you are operating, you are forced to bolt out of it. I did so not because of any disagreement with the current president, but I realised I was in a team of individuals whose school I don’t belong to,” Kirwa said.

“I don’t regret whatsoever the decision I took. Possibly there could have been benefits on the other side, but that was not the consideration.”

The former Agriculture minister ditched the UDA Party and joined Raila’s Azimio Coalition in May citing the appointment of Rigathi Gachagua as William Ruto’s running mate as an indication the Kenya Kwanza Alliance was anti-democracy.

“Two weeks ago, my side appointed the person who was going to be running mate of my brother, that was the clearest indication that there is no democracy. The following day, I waited for Raila Odinga to unveil his running mate Martha Karua. It reached a point to think of what next and for those 13 days, I have been thinking how will I continue to be in a team where democracy is going to be sacrificed at the cross,” Kirwa said during a rally at Sirisia in Bungoma County after being received by Raila and Karua.

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