Trade unionist Francis Atwoli has backed up the jubilee party vice-chairman David Murathe who endorsed Raila Amolo Odinga for the presidency and asked Kenyans to prepare for the presidency of the ODM leader in 2022.
Francis Atwoli who has been sailing in the same boat in bid to change the constitution through Building Bridges Initiative, a change proactive movement made his historical, and significant political endorsement on Sunday.
‘It appears to be Raila Amolo Odinga’s time although there are so many political big men like Musalia Mudavadi, Kalonzo Musyoka, Gideon Moi, and Hassan Joho who can do the job,’ Atwoli said. He says that Kenyans should reward the ODM leader with presidency looking back to all that he has done for the country.
During an interview at a television, David Murathe favorably compared the ODM leader’s presidential bid to one of the late former president of south Africa Nelson Mandela, this being the first time a member of the party that rules the country endorses a non-member especially from the opposition; maybe it is because of handshake that is alleged to have united both sides. ‘We would like him to be a transitional president who would give direction to other generational presidents that would pick the mantle as from 2027’says David Murathe.
“Kenya can produce a good president but I am endorsing Murathe’s decision to back Raila in 2022,” Atwoli said at his Kajiado home during a luncheon that was attended by other prominent political icons including Raila Ondinga’s close ally senator James Orengo.
Of the recent past, Atwoli has been hosting top politicians at his home sending a belief that high-level political cooking is done during the meetings. On May 29, Atwoli hosted at least 30 leaders from Western Kenya among them five governors, a Cabinet Secretary and MPs.
On Saturday, Murathe said Raila will certainly be on the ballot as a presidential candidate come 2022 as he asked Kalonzo to make way for “Raila’s final bullet”.
Efforts to get Kalonzo to comment on Atwoli’s request proved futile as his phone was switched off on Sunday. Nasa co- principal Mudavadi also maintains that he will be on the ballot as he said he will not shelve on any bodies’ political ambition this time round.
‘There is no reverse gear, I will be in the ballot come 2022 general elections’ says Mudavadi whose spokesman Kabisu Kabatesi says that the endorsement should be taken cautiously because Raila’s elections had been stolen three times, and it might be just a sweet-talking to Raila to help them do what they can’t in his absence. ‘They want him to believe he has their support in 2022,’ Kabisu Kabetesi warns
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