Kenya: Raila Odinga, fifth time unlucky

By Son Gatitu
Posted on Tuesday, 6 September 2022 09:09

Raila Odinga, African Union (AU) High Representative for Infrastructure Development in Africa
Raila Odinga, Kenya's former Prime Minister and the African Union (AU) High Representative for Infrastructure Development in Africa, February 18, 2021. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

For 25 years, it has been sweat and toil for Kenya’s top opposition leader Raila Odinga as he sought to be president, coming so close - four of those times - but missing it by a whisker. The man who turns 80 in just over two years is running out of time: His political base is shaken and now confused about what is next. For a politician who has always bounced back in some form, is this the final blow? We detail the catalogue of errors that plagued his campaign.

On the morning of 9 August, Odinga proceeded to the Kibera Primary School, which has been his polling station for more than two decades. He was in the company of his wife Ida and a multitude of supporters. The crowd was in a celebratory mood. As soon as he cast his vote, they left, never mind that they may not have voted for their favourite politician.