Referendum win important for Raila ahead of 2017 elections
31 May 2015, 11:36
Nairobi - A win in the supposed upcoming referendum for CORD leader Raila Odinga will be important for his political future as the 2017 elections loom.
The CORD leader is still a favourite for the 2017 elections but according to observers, an outside one as he is still less popular than President Uhuru Kenyatta according to several polls.
The fact that the opposition has isolated Uhuru and Ruto somewhat has ensured that the two get maximum support from their two communities, the Kikuyu and Kalenjin and made them even stronger.
To Kenyans, the two will remain in office come the 2017 elections.
That is unless Raila can pull off a referendum win.
If everything goes to plan for the Okoa Kenya referendum campaign, it is likely the poll will be held prior to the 2017 elections, given the timeline on the table and thus will present Raila with a make or break situation.
Political analyst Michael Njenga believes that it will be do or die time for Raila.
" The referendum has taken a political lineage sadly so it will be like a dress rehearsal for the 2017 elections," he states.
" Unless the Pesa Mashinani campaign joins the Okoa Kenya initiative, the likelihood that it will be a a political contest will be high, thus a must win situation for Raila.
" If Raila wins the referendum parse, then it will be a benchmark for the 2017 elections set, but if he loses it, then it will also put his political prowess in question".
" Basically, it is do or die for Raila if a referendum vote comes by because I do not think he will vie for the 2022 elections and thus this is likely his final chance for a crack at the presidency," he adds.
The CORD coalition is now on the campaign trail for the Okoa Kenya referendum and Raila has called on his supporters to ensure they give the bill a chance.
" It is up to you to support it. We have done our part to bring it here and give Kenyans a chance to change some aspects of the constitution but it is upto you to support it," he said in Machakos last week.
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