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Open letter to Raila Odinga on 2017 elections

By Tonny Onzere | July 6th 2016

With the discord in CORD, it is clear that, as per now, Jubilee is poised to clinch the presidency with or without rigging.

Let me take you back to 2002. You were the favourite to win the presidency had you landed the Rainbow alliance ticket. We were sure you were the most likely candidate to beat Uhuru Kenyatta who by then was a Moi project.

You decided to be the king maker rather than the king himself and said "Kibaki Tosha". We all knew you had spoken and your voice was one of reason.

Lets juxtapose the politics of 2002 to that of 2017. That you are the ring leader in CORD cannot be gainsaid. You definitely will be the flag bearer of CORD come next year. And just like the previous elections, you are likely to fail.

What if you decide to support another candidate and sit back as the king maker? That to me is the best winning strategy. But the question is, support who?

Let's reason outside the box. What if you unite the Kamba through Kalonzo and Muthama, then unite the Luhya through Wetang'ula and Mudavadi. Then unite the Coast through Joho and Omar. Then reach out to Gideon Moi and Isaac Ruto in the Rift. You then bring on board the likes of Peter Kenneth and Munya with a paltry of the Gema vote.

Reach out to the North Easterners. Then bring Luo and Gusii on board. Through your leadership, we go ahead to pick two candidates; one as a running mate and decide to support the duo.

We should pick on the candidate that is easily saleable to all Kenyans. Lets say we pick on Mudavadi and Kalonzo as running mate. Or Mudavadi and Joho as running mate. Don't you think such a combination is likely to be a good one?

You then go ahead to campaign and ask the entire country to support the team. You will have made a name if the team wins the election. You will have shown us that you are not selfish, and silence your critics. You will then enter history books as the best king maker Kenya ever had.

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