Kuria ICC claims the end of Raila's 2017 Rift Valley hopes
24 September 2015, 15:15
Nairobi - Claims that CORD leaders Raila Odinga and Martha Karua fixed Deputy President William Ruto at the ICC are the end of the coalition's hopes for votes in the Rift Valley ahead of the 2017 General Elections.
Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria made the claims last week and has been backed up by several leaders from the Rift Valley further killing any hopes that Raila might have of taking any votes in the Kalenjin region.
According to analysts, Raila cannot recover from the media coverage and circus created by the attention given to the matter.
" The media circus created over the claims is the last nail in the coffin for Raila's 2017 hopes in Kalenjin land," Political scientist Michael Njenga says.
" It is being spread like wildfire in the Rift and will alienate further Raila from the vast majority of Kalenjins.
" If he was not badly off in 2013, it is bound to be worse as the Kalenjin rally around one of their own," he states.
Also, the move has according to Njenga killed any positive influence NARC Kenya leader Martha Karua might have had on the CORD coalition.
" I think that if Martha goes back to Central Kenya to ask people to support Raila it will be tough because she has already been drawn up as some betrayer to the Mt Kenya cause," he believes.
" If Uhuru goes with Ruto in 2017 as will be the case, then Karua will have nothing to alter that surge and I'm afraid it will likely be yet another lost cause for her," he adds
Raila is expected to be the CORD candidate for the 2017 General Elections.
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