Azimio la Umoja Presidential candidate Raila Odinga has picked academic scholar Professor Isaiah Kindiki as one of his chief agents in the presidential election.
Kindiki, who is the elder brother to Tharaka Nithi Senator Kithure Kindiki, will deputise Saitabao ole Kanchory – the Chief Agent – alongside Nyeri Deputy Governor Caroline Karugu, ODM Executive Director Oduor Ong’wen and Raila’s longtime lawyer Paul Mwangi.
The development sets the stage for an interesting encounter as Kithure will also be the chief agent to deputy president William Ruto.
Kithure is a loyal Ruto ally and was appointed after missing the running mate slot. His brother, on the other hand, is a longtime ODM operative who has stuck with Raila for years.
The Kindiki family boasts of possessing distinguished academic excellence as his four brothers possess PhDs in various disciplines.
Kithure holds a PhD in law from the University of Pretoria, South Africa while his elder brother, Isaiah, is a professor of Soil Physics from the University of South Africa.
Stephen Kithinki Kindiki is a professor of Linguistics at Daystar University while professor Moses Mpuria Kindiki is a renowned lecturer at Maasai Mara University.
The eldest of the five, Jonah Nyaga Kindiki, is a professor of International Education and Policy at the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom.
Isaiah and his brother were also on opposite sides during the 2017 General Election when they both sought the Tharaka Nithi Senatorial seat.
Isaiah was on the ODM camp while Kithure vied under the Jubilee party. Kithure, who was first elected in 2013, won the re-election in 2017.
In the past, the brothers have noted that their different ideologies and affiliations do not affect their relationship outside politics.
“Family issues are not political. We remain, brothers who have divergent ideologies,” Isaiah stated during a past interview with a local daily.