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Raila still going strong as he turns 71

07 January 2016, 20:08 William Korir

Nairobi - CORD leader Raila Odinga has turned 71 but he shows no signs of slowing down.

The longtime opposition leader turned 71 on Thursday January 7 but despite his age and detractors decrying his age, he has shown no signs whatsoever that age is catching up with him.

Just two days earlier, Odinga had delivered a stinging notice of intent to the government on what he plans to do in 2016 and how he intends to do it.

In short, he put the government on notice over their actions in the new year.

And despite a recent opinion poll stating that majority of Kenyans would prefer if he retired from politics, he is still an enigma as his nick-name 'Agwambo' (Dholuo for mystery) states.

" Raila is going strong and anyone who expects to see him out of action anytime soon is wasting his time," Political analyst Michael Njenga says of Raila.

" If anything, he looks even more energetic going by his statement recently," he added.

Raila has already stated that he will run for the presidency in the 2017 elections and most expect him to be CORD Coalition's lead candidate.

Majority of the ruling Jubilee Coalition may not like it  but even DP William Ruto admits that Raila has a role to play.

" He is the opposition leader. It is his job to critique the government and we respect him for it," he stated in November.

And despite a love-hate relationship with others, the still took time to congratulate him for making it to yet another birthday.

" Happy Birthday Raila Odinga. Although I disagree VIOLENTLY with your Self-Cannibalising METHODS, you remain my FAVOURITE Political Animal," renonwed political analyst Mutahi Ngunyi tweeted.

What is certain is that Raila is still there, chomping for the next bit.

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