After making four unsuccessful bids for the country’s top seat, ODM leader Raila Odinga’s continued presence in the political limelight confounds his opponents.
While the former prime minister has not declared his candidacy, his operations point to a man with a great interest in the 2022 presidential contest.
Following the March 9, 2018 “handshake” with his former political nemesis, President Uhuru Kenyatta, Mr Odinga has become the man to watch as the clock ticks towards the next elections.
The Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) and the push for constitutional reforms through the launch of regional rallies, which Mr Odinga is spearheading with the full support of the government, have given him a fresh impetus, political analysts say.
According to Prof Herman Manyora, the BBI is political infrastructure meant to propel Mr Odinga to power in 2022.
Prof Manyora argues that President Kenyatta, who has given Mr Odinga the greenlight to lead the BBI rallies, must be aware of the plans for 2022 “either directly or through proxy”