Kipruto Kirwa: There Is Still Hope For Raila In 2027

Even though Raila Odinga lost the 2022 elections, according to former United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party vice-chairperson Kipruto arap Kirwa, there is still hope for him in the 2027 general election.
In a panel discussion on K24 TV on Wednesday, Kirwa, who left UDA in May for the Azimio camp, claimed that despite his advanced age, Odinga will be a dangerous opponent in the upcoming elections.

“I would be wary of penning an obituary for a politician. Abdoulaye Wade, a man I know from Africa, was elected president of Senegal at the age of 74 after 35 years of unsuccessful attempts. At the next election, Raila might be 81 or 82 years old. This proves that he is still fearsome. He claimed that being present and aware of the needs of the populace was all that was required to win an election.

Kirwa further mentioned Kenya’s challenging economic environment as a factor that, if ignored by his administration, might work against President Ruto. This, he claimed, might work in Raila’s favor if he decides to run for president a sixth time.

According to Kirwa, “the way I view the next five years – and I wish my brother Dr. William Ruto well – the debt burden by 2025 will be significant, unemployment will be high, and the bottom-up strategy he needs to be extremely creative to improve in terms of financial discipline.”

Raila is still in this town because “we never judge somebody’s life by the length of his age,” he continued. “The hope that the people of Kenya have in him, especially the youthful generation, is so tremendous that it can develop into some sort of backlash.

When questioned about his decision to join the Odinga-led group, Kirwa responded that he doesn’t regret leaving Kenya Kwanza behind because their ideas were different from those of the UDA party.

Raila is still in this town because “we never judge somebody’s life by the length of his age,” he continued. “The hope that the people of Kenya have in him, especially the youthful generation, is so tremendous that it can develop into some sort of backlash.

When questioned about his decision to join the Odinga-led group, Kirwa responded that he doesn’t regret leaving Kenya Kwanza behind because their ideas were different from those of the UDA party.

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