ODM leader Raila Odinga reiterates he has not declared interest in 2022 presidential race
Jacob Onyango|May. 12, 2019
- Raila reaffirmed his March 2018 handshake with Uhuru was about uniting Kenyans and not 2022 succession politics
- He said was had not communicated to anyone anywhere that he will be seeking for the presidency in 2022
- The ODM leader appeared to read from the same scrip with the president who had also said the handshake was not about 2022 agenda
There have been claims Opposition leader Raila Odinga was planning to once again vie for the presidency, despite having tried and failed to clinch the top seat four times, but the ODM party leader maintained he had not declared his interest.
This is contrary to the position previously held by the ODM party which repeatedly indicated Raila will remain their main man and will face off with Deputy President William Ruto, Jubilee party's presumed 2022 presidential candidate.
Raila who was speaking at his rural home in Apoda Farm, Siaya county, where he held a meeting with a delegation of leaders from Nakuru county on Saturday, May 11, also clarified he did not ink any 2022 deal with President Uhuru Kenyatta when the March 9, 2018, handshake was hatched.
According to the former prime minister, neither he nor the president had indicated anywhere that they will be seeking for vying for political positions in 2022.
"The only deal agreed on is to unite unite and build a stable Kenya. We signed the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) to unite Kenyans.
We want a Kenya where all citizens have equal opportunity and access to primary health care and education as well as justice and equity in the redistribution and sharing of national," he said.
The Opposition chief echoed remarks made earlier by Uhuru who also dismissed speculations that the handshake could be about 2022 succession politics and not so much about uniting Kenyans.
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