Raila walking a tight rope as Western Kenya ditch him
25 July 2016, 19:55
Nairobi - Cord leader Raila Odinga will need the solomonic wisdom so that he can navigate the turbulent waters within the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) following the defection of Budalangi MP Ababu Namwamba and his Funyula counterpart Paul Otuoma.
The cord leader is also facing criticisms from his cord co-principal Moses Wetangula who has called on the former premier to quit the presidential race as he has failed to ascend to the presidency more than three times.
Wetangula has said that he is ready to team up with Ababu Namwamba and Musalia Mudavadi in order for them to realize the Luhya unity.
"We need to unite as a Mulembe nation so that we can use our numbers to bargain and be part of the government", said Wetangula over the weekend.
What is giving Raila an headache is the fear of losing Western Kenya voters and should that happen, then his 2017 presidential bid is doomed.
Raila will also have to contend with criticism within the cord coalition as it emerged that Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka and Ford Kenya leader Moses Wetangula have both called on Mr. Odinga to support them so that they can defeat Jubilee in the 2017 polls.
A source told news24 that the discord in cord started after the three leaders met at Maanzoni lodge where Raila told Kalonzo and Wetangula that he will not shelf his presidential ambition and should he do so, then he will not endorse any candidate.
"Raila said that he won't shelf his ambition for either Kalonzo or Wetangula.he threatened that if he steps down then he will not support any of the two principals and this did not go down with Wetangula and Kalonzo", said a source who requested not to be named.
Wetangula over the weekend hit out at the cord leader saying that he needs to step down so that the coalition can form the next government.
"Cord will do well if Raila stops his presidential bid and accepts that he has vied for the seat three times and lost and he can support the winning team.", said Wetangula.
It remains to be seen what will happen to the coalition as the country gears up to the general elections.
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