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Why Oburu should escort Raila to retirement

Curtis Otieno
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Opposition leader Raila Odinga (R) and his elder brother Oburu Odinga during a past event. The two should now exit active politics. [Photo/Standard]

Opposition leader Raila Odinga remains one of the most respected political personalities in the nation.

However, the aging Orange Party boss has demonstrated inability to clinch his desired Presidential post and is seemingly on his way out, judging by his disinterest in the heating 2022 debate.

Odinga should bring with him his elder brother Oburu Odinga who has also apparently lost his political footing.

The former Finance Assistant Minister is currently considered a political reject who has failed to use the big name left by his father, and first Vice President of the republic Jaramogi Oginga Odinga to elevate himself politically.

 His failure to recapture the Bondo parliamentary seat which he inherited from Jaramogi is proof that Kenyans are opting for fresh leadership, and should excuse himself to grant the people their wish.

The East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) lawmaker is also running out of age, and should move out to avoid further embarrassments by young leaders in the future.

Also, with the family obviously keen on continuing its domination in the Luo Nyanza and Kenyan politics, it will be wise for the two to embark on grooming another set of leaders to take over from them and should give room for the likes of Rosemary Odinga who has since expressed interest in politics, specifically the Kibera parliamentary post.

Just like Raila who began as the Lang'ata lawmaker before becoming one of the most followed national politicians, Rosemary and others should be given a chance too.

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