ODM leader Raila Odinga has hinted that his party is negotiating with pro-reform and like minded individuals for a strong coalition outfit to battle it out with DP William Ruto.
Speaking to members of the National Executive Committee, NEC in a Machakos hotel on Friday, 25 September 2020, Odinga asked his party members to prepare for a 2022 political formation.
The ODM chief while applauding his largely successful partnership with Uhuru Kenyatta in the recent past said that he was optimistic that his newfound friendship with the president will translate to fruitful political coalition.
“Our existing alliance with the pro-reform wing of Jubilee led by the President has seen the country move forward in critical areas like fighting corruption and initiating key development projects evenly to more parts of the country,” Raila said.
The former Prime Minister warned his members to form new friendships with pro-reform individuals but cautioned against burning old bridges.
“We must forge new alliances and strengthen existing ones with the aim of getting the country to move forward,” Raila said.
Odinga’s remarks are the latest indications yet that he is preparing ground for a new political outfit spearheaded by Jubilee vice-chairman David Murathe.
Murathe, a close friend and confidant of President Kenyatta has time and again strongly presented his views that the country was ripe for Raila presidency.
In recent interviews, Murathe has said that Raila’s one term presidency will pave way for fresh and younger generation of leadership.
Raila is at the same time banking on the success of the Building Bridges Initiative, a process wholly supported by political bigwigs that include Cotu SG Francis Atwoli.
On the referendum debate, he told off Dp William Ruto without mentioning his name that those opposed to BBI must move aside or be swept off by constitutional changes.
“The forces that have always opposed change; the voices of impunity that thrive on corruption and outright lies, have already lined up against the report,” he said.
“We must stop them from dragging the country into anarchy.”
On matters graft, Raila told the NEC meeting that the biggest threat to the future of the country is wanton theft of taxpayer money.
Raila noted thus: “Corruption is the single most important cause of the poverty afflicting our people and the underdevelopment afflicting our nation,”
“In the months ahead, we are going into a confrontation with the beneficiaries of proceeds of corruption who are arraigned against our agenda for a radical socio-economic transformation, job creation and equitable distribution of prosperity,” he said.