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Raila Amolo Odinga

Date of Birth: 2 January 1945
Place of Birth: Maseno, Kisumo District, Nyanza Province


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Raila beats Ruto as the oligarchs' favourite

Of the two frontrunners Raila Odinga benefitted hugely in his Kibra stronghold a constituency in Nairobi county when President Uhuru Kenyatta endorsed him late last month...

Addressing hundreds of residents from the sun-roofs of their armoured SUVs and donning similar Kenyan-made cotton print loose-fitting shirts Kenyatta speaking the language of peace and continuity turned to Raila Odinga his 'Handshake' partner and to roars of approval declared that only Odinga could guarantee his legacy (AC Vol 59 No 6 Raila beats rivals to a new deal)...

Murungi harbours no presidential ambitions of his own for 2022 quickly using his new party to endorse Raila Odinga...

The oligarchs perched on Mount Kenya In an historic shift some of the most successful business people in the country are backing Raila Odinga and rallying others to support him...

His relationship with Raila Odinga blossomed in the early 1990s it is said when the latter went to collect money on behalf of his father...


Show us the money

The naming of Kenyatta and the reminder that his family is the wealthiest in Kenya is helpful for would-be presidential candidates Raila Odinga and William Ruto both of whom have acquired vast wealth largely unexplained via their political careers (AC Vol 62 No 14 Why the dynasties fear Ruto & Vol 62 No 18 Raila takes to the pulpit)...


Raila takes to the pulpit

The dismissal of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) by the High Court may yet derail veteran opposition leader Raila Odinga's fifth presidential bid but in the meantime while he has still not formally declared his candidacy for August 2022 his campaign is exploring new ground (AC Vol 62 No 17 The bridge collapses)...


This tweet for hire

While both sides use cyber-warriors it is the governing Jubilee party that has most used data-mining hiring the disgraced Cambridge Analytica to coordinate its online campaigns in the 2013 and 2017 elections running for example smear campaigns linking opposition leader Raila Odinga to threats of violence (AC Vol 60 No 15 Spinner caught in web)...


The bridge collapses

Conceived three years ago after the 'handshake' between Kenyatta and veteran opposition leader Raila Odinga following disputed elections in 2017 BBI was marketed as a solution to the 'winner-takes-all' ethnic discord that has blighted elections since the return of multi-party democracy in 1991 (AC Vol 59 No 6 Raila beats rivals to a new deal)...


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Nasa heads for crash landing

Nasa has existed in name only since Raila Odinga was co-opted into President Uhuru Kenyatta's government via the 'handshake' deal in 2018 in which he abandoned the allies that had supported his unsuccessful presidential campaigns in 2012 and 2018 (AC Vol 59 No 6 Raila beats rivals to a new deal)...

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