Raila Odinga dismisses claims of running for presidency in 2022

Photo Courtesy:(Left)Migori Woman Rep Pamela Odhiambo with ODM leader Raila Odinga (right)during her homecoming ceremony in Suna West,on Saturday May 5, 2018

Through a statement from by his spokesman Dennis Onyango on Sunday Raila Odinga denied claims that he was intending to contest for the presidency come  2022 and termed them to be untrue.

On Saturday, during the homecoming ceremony for Migori County woman representative Pamela Odhiambo in Migori, Senate Minority Leader James Orengo said the former premier was still their best bet in the next General Elections.

However the former Prime Minister said that the remarks should be considered personal opinion and that if he were to announce his plans for 2022, he would do it personally.

“H.E Odinga further appeals to Kenyans to stay focused on the critical issues contained in the Building Bridges project and healing the nation and reiterates the need for Kenyans to address themselves to the future that we would want our children to live in and refuse to be distracted by the politics of 2022,”read the statement

“The views ought to be seen in the same light with those of Central Organisation of Trade Unions (Cotu) Secretary General Francis Atwoli, who, on May 1, asked for what he called a soft-landing for President Kenyatta after the President’s term ends. The COTU leader was certainly not speaking for the President,” said Mr Onyango. “If and when Odinga will want to communicate something different to the country, he will do so personally and directly on an open national forum,” added the statement.

A section of Jubilee leaders had accused their opposition counterparts of seeking to gain political mileage from President Uhuru and Raila handshake.Raila Odinga has urged Kenyans to focus on fostering national unity, national cohesion  and not to be distracted by the far off 2022 politics.