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Raila Western brigade factor in Busia politics 2022 – Weekly Citizen

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Opposition chief Raila Odinga has changed tact to the elusive Luhya politics by giving preference to youthful faces to neutralise William Ruto’s many visits in the region ahead of 2022 general elections.

Raila’s new team is working closely with Kakamega governor Wycliffe Oparanya, in a new political matrix that has exposed an open rift between Nasa co-principals Musalia Mudavadi Moses Wetang’ula and the ODM leader.

Oparanya

The two Nasa brigades have repeatedly accused Raila of attempts to use Oparanya as their replacement in the Western politics, a matter that took centre stage during the BBI Kakamega rally at Bukhungu stadium.

Some of the members forming the new Raila inner circle are ANC nominated MP Geoffrey Osotsi, Kakamega senator Cleophas Malala, ODM secretary general Edwin Sifuna, Busia, women representative Florence Mutua, Luanda MP Chris Omulele and Saboti lawmaker Caleb Amisi. The team was instrumental in organising the Kakamega BBI rally.

Florence Mutua

Pundits have pointed out that the youthful leaders are killing two birds with one stone hoping for upgraded political positions in the next general elections as well as maintaining loyalty to the handshake masters.

Take for example the case of Osotsi who has kept his followers on guesswork journey over his next political move ahead of 2022 elections and Mutua who is giving her competitors a run for their money in the Busia gubernatorial race.

The woman representative is the only woman in the already crowded race that has also attracted former Funyula MP Paul Otuoma, areas Amos Wako, Nambale MP Sakwa Bunyasi and Busia deputy governor Moses Mulomi.

Busia has been known as an ODM stronghold and has in the past voted for the opposition but fears were expressed when Ruto factor emerged threatening to spoil the pattern in 2022 elections.

Raila and Osotsi

However, Mutua’s candidacy led to opponents spreading propaganda that she is a non-Luhya who should be not get the all-important gubernatorial post.

Despite the fact that she is yet to publicly announce her interest in the seat, the ODM deputy secretary general has been flatly betrayed by what seems to be a serious people driven grassroots campaign to have her take over from Sospeter Ojaamong.

Mutua boasts of a strong support in the larger western and some of the political class said to be supportive of her gubernatorial quest include Osotsi, Omulele, Amisi, Sifuna, Malala and ODM deputy party leader Oparanya.

Omulele

A background scan reveals that Mutua despite her confusing name is a Maragoli from Chandumba in Sabatia, her family is known as the Amiani family and married to one Livingstone Waingah of the Achola family from Bukuyudi village Butula.

She is expected to be the face of Raila in the race where Ruto is expected to unleash heavy machinery in support of Bunyasi.

However, there are three factors forming debate around Bunyasi candidacy and that is his association with the Tangatanga group, his old age and talk that he is not a development conscious politician although he served many years at the World Bank.

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Bunyasi

Bunyasi’s recent move to appear on the forefront of Tangatanga press conference for a parallel rally in Mumias, as a counter to BBI rally in Kakamega showed the degree of his political allegiance to Ruto.

This did not go down well with a section of Busia people based on the fact that all other MPs, governors and senators were in support of Bhunkungu rally.

Analysts argue that he complicated matters by failure to appear in Bhukungu with his party leader Mudavadi who made a late entry.

Wako

Weekly Citizen has established that on the other hand, Wako is under pressure to vie for the gubernatorial position from a section of cronies and family members who are said to be keen on enriching themselves under his leadership.

It is the same people who are said to be responsible for spinning the rumour regarding Wako’s position in the gubernatorial race despite early signs that the ground is not favourable to the senator.

Critics are quick to question whether Wako has anything new to bring to the table having been the country’s Attorney General for over 20 years before landing the senatorial role for another 10 years.

Malala

There is also talk that Wako could be doing a disservice to Busia voters given that he is not generous and also following a shocking US government move to ban him, his wife and son from travelling to America.

On the other hand, Otuoma is among the previously perceived heavyweights who lost in the 2017 general elections.

Whereas the deputy governor Mulomi is considered a spoiler is the race, Otuoma is fighting loyalty test within ODM having defected to be an independent candidate in 2017 when he lost the party ticket to Ojaamong.

Ojaamong

Reports that we cannot independently confirm also state that the former minister is torn between political party to settle on following revelations that he has been secretly meeting Musalia Mudavadi sneaking to Sugoi at night while preaching ODM during daytime.

Others have also labeled him a divisive leader arising from his style of campaigns during the ODM nomination where he faced off with Ojaamong and attempted to create a wedge between Luhyas and Tesos.

Interestingly, all the men in the race are putting premium on the fact that their main tormentor is a woman who is considered to be an outsider.

But ordinarily, Busia being a cosmopolitan just like Bungoma, it would make it hard to sell clan and tribe politics devoid of delivery of campaign promises.



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