• Raila Odinga is reluctant to become the official Leader of the Opposition but Kalonzo Musyoka appears willing.
• In 2027, Raila will be 82 years old and may have difficulty defeating an incumbent President
Wiper boss Kalonzo Musyoka is under pressure from his supporters to start campaigning for the presidency in 2027.
But he has no chance of playing a leadership role so long as ODM boss Raila Odinga remains the dominant figure in the opposition.
Raila almost certainly won the 2007 election but it was stolen from him. But he was not successful in 2013, 2017 or 2022. It is highly unlikely that he would win the 2027 election when he would be 82 years old and campaigning against an incumbent president who will be just 61 years old.
Raila also seems tired and short of ideas – it does not make sense to complain that Ruto is stopping subsidies to reduce the cost of living when we all know that subsidies don't work and are unaffordable.
It is time for Raila to move over and give Kalonzo a chance. He has a strong track record in politics, is younger at 69 years of age, and perhaps can deliver the credible vigorous opposition that Ruto says he wants.
If Raila does not want to take the job, let Kalonzo become the official Leader of the Opposition.
Quote of the day: "Let whatever is going to happen to me happen. I'm expecting the worst for myself and I'm resigned to it."
He came to power in Czechoslovakia on January 5, 1968