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Raila hints at supporting Kalonzo in 2027 but on condition

Raila hints at supporting Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka for the presidency in the 2027 general elections.

The Raila Odinga-led Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) has signaled that it will support Kalonzo Musyoka of the Wiper party in the 2027 State House race but has cautioned him from using “unnecessary” threats and conditions.

While everyone in the party recognizes Mr. Musyoka’s importance to Mr. Odinga’s politics and feels they owe him something, ODM Chairman John Mbadi said in an interview with Daily Nation that such reciprocation shouldn’t be accompanied with restrictions.

“Truth be told, we owe him a lot as he is the only leader who has genuinely stood with our party boss for all this time but the approach he is taking is wrong. Wiper party leaders should lobby quietly as they continue to build friendship,” Mbadi said.

The statement by the Raila-led party comes amid pressure from Kalonzo and his allies demanding that Mr. Odinga states his support for Mr. Musyoka’s 2027 presidential bid.

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If the Wiper party wants the support of the ODM, it shouldn’t issue demands more demands, claims Mr. Mbadi.

“Mr. Musyoka is and will be an important player in 2027, whether Mr. Odinga will be on the presidential ballot or not. What the Wiper party should be hoping for is a tighter friendship with ODM and good health for Mzee (Raila). The rest will fall in place,” the nominated MP said.

Mr. Mbadi added that Wiper should be focused on expanding its networks to all parts of the country because “even if Kalonzo is named the presidential candidate, he will need countrywide support”.

“We will go to the 2027 elections with a mind to win. Our candidate must have countrywide backing. Wiper party should concentrate on increasing the support Mr. Musyoka has,” Mbadi said.

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