Friday May 8, 2020 – Orange Democratic Movement Party Leader, Raila Odinga, has seemingly abandoned President Uhuru Kenyatta at a time the Head of State needs his support.

As the President leads the fight against the Coronavirus pandemic (Covid-19), Raila has shied away from defending Kenyatta against attacks from ODM MPs, as Deputy President William Ruto and his camp also tear into Kenyatta from the other end.

However, analysts argue that Odinga is reportedly orchestrating a move to push Kenyatta into supporting his political agenda, in line with the famous March 2018 handshake, as his allies have picked the floods, Covid19 pandemic and forceful Nairobi evictions as points of focus for attacks.

In the Senate, Odinga’s most trusted ally, Siaya Senator James Orengo, accused Kenyatta of failure, as floods tore away Budalangi, Busia residents.

On the other hand, Ruto’s ally, Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika, also tore into Kenyatta, accusing him of mistreating Kenyans by evicting them at a time the country was facing a pandemic.

University of Nairobi lecturer, Dr. Jane Thuo, says that she was baffled by ODM’s move to lash out at Kenyatta and argued that Odinga’s meeting with Ruto’s ally, Kapsaret MP Oscar Sudi, was a significant occasion that should not be assumed in the new cold war between Odinga and Kenyatta.

“Politics is interesting as it is all about convenience and popularity.”

“I believe something is going on behind the scenes and remember, alliances keep shifting.”

“There are no real enemies in politics.”

“Uhuru is keen on establishing his legacy and is not derailed by the issues being raised.”

“For ODM, they are pushing for a political agenda.”

“You cannot rule out a Ruto-Raila alliance as it is possible but still too soon to tell,” Thuo stated.

Similar sentiments were echoed by another political analyst, Martin Andati, who noted that despite Oscar Sudi denying discussing politics with Odinga, the meeting aligned with ODM’s attack on Kenyatta. 

“There is a problem and the two occasions are well coordinated.”

“Raila is being impatient and reports allege that he wants Kenyatta to create a position for him in government, a chief secretary role,” Andati stated.


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