ODM leader Raila Odinga has officially declared he will be in the race to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta in the 2022 General Election.

The former premier’s announcement comes after the appellate court delivered a landmark judgment sealing the fate of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI).

Speaking in Bondo, Raila said he was ready to battle with his arch-rival, Deputy President William Ruto, who also declared interest in the top seat.

“For months, I have been hearing other people make a lot of noise talking about wheelbarrows (referring to Ruto’s hustler narrative). They had time to make noise, but time has come to face the battle on the field,” said Raila.

During his speech, he clearly indicated that BBI, which aimed to change the 2010 Constitution, was now in his past and his goal was to clinch the presidency.

Consequently, he urged his supporters to embark on mass voter registration ahead of the polls slated for Tuesday, August 9, 2022.

Raila’s declaration puts to rest speculations whether he would be on the ballot amid pressure from his followers to give a fifth stab at the presidency.


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