Raila, Kalonzo, Wetangula for CORD 2017?
10 May 2015, 10:38
Nairobi - With the 2017 General Election just two years away, talk has now turned to who will carry the CORD coalition's flag in the poll.
The front runner as always is the current party leader Raila Odinga, who is expected by many to still be the coalition's flag bearer just like he was in the 2013 elections.
However, the other two active coalition leaders, Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetangula have also been making a case for themselves to carry the flag come 2017.
Kalonzo has already called on Raila and Wetangula to back him, while Wetangula has previously stated that he can get in the Luhya voting block as a whole in the 2017 poll if given the nod.
So who will get the nod?
Speaking Saturday during Okoa Kenya referendum rallies in Nairobi's Kariobangi North, several CORD leaders seemed to incline towards Raila being the party candidate come the 2017 poll.
Senators Johnstone Muthama, Hassan Omar, Elizabeth Ongoro, Boni Khalwale and James Orengo all pointed to a Raila presidency come 2017.
This was all said, with Kalonzo in attendance at the rally.
Last week though, a group of Kamba leaders also pulled their weight behind Kalonzo being supported by Raila after he did the same in the 2013 poll.
Wetangula on his part has been backed by his FORD Kenya party to take the coalition's ticket for the election.
Who will take it?
" The person with the most appeal will do so come 2017 and that person for now is Raila," Political analyst Michael Njenga says.
" The fact is that he has the national appeal CORD desperately needs. However, there is the fact that if Raila runs, this will probably be his last go and from there he will likely not do so, for obvious reasons".
" So, does he run or support another candidate? The pressure will be on him to run.. Whether he will win is another thing".
" Kalonzo might be able to gain some of those voters who would likely not vote for Raila because he is also the cleanest of the three options in terms of reputation".
" Wetangula for me is a non starter. He still needs a few more years to build himself as a national leader. I don't think Kenyans know him too well," he added.
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