Raila right not to go into retirement
18 May 2015, 13:42
Nairobi - Debate in the last week has centered on CORD leader Raila Odinga and whether he should contest the 2017 General Elections or retire.
The debate has been led by the Jubilee coalition which has been on Raila's case, urging him to retire and pave way for younger leaders.
Also, it has much to do with Raila's supposed pension, which he has been denied by the government because he is still a political leader.
According to political analysts and experts though, Raila should retain his place atop Kenya's political tree because of the benefit he adds to the political scene.
Michael Njenga, political analyst
" Raila's star might have faded slightly since the 2013 General Election but he is still among the most popular leaders in Kenya.
" Things have not quite gone right for him but he still ensures that the political space is not one sided and Kenya badly needs it to remain that way.
" Without him around, I do not see any other leader that could have the clout to ensure that the government is on toes. Kenya needs a firing Raila for that reason.
Isaac Kipng'etich, Political sciences lecturer
" As Raila showed in his trip to Baringo he can cause any leader sleepless nights including a person with as much clout as the Deputy President.
" I think that a Raila less political scene will not be a good thing, especially as we need balance between the government and its actions and an opposition that can put it in check.
" Raila pus them in check. He causes ripples. He makes them uncomfortable and that is needed in a strong democratic space.
Evans Monari, Lawyer, activist
" The truth is that no one can compete with the current regime better that Raila. It is a no brainer. He is the best equipped to deal with the Jubilee coalition.
" All the rest either don't have the clout, the experience or the popularity to do a job on the current regime and that is the reason why he is still relevant.
" I am sure that if he saw a potential candidate he would have likely backed him but tell me deep down, who can offer a threat to Uhuru?
" Its just Raila.
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