The tale of ‘mganga hajigangi’ works perfectly on Raila Odinga; whoever gets his political blessings succeeds but he himself doesn’t seem to have the charm to achieve self actualization, which for him is the presidency.
Raila has had three shots on the country’s top seat which has only become a mirage for him having lost the golden opportunity in 2007 when the meatball was plucked from his mouth just when he was about to swallow it.
Raila’s mishaps aside, the Luo kingpin has a gift of ‘blessing’ and ‘cursing’ politicians. Not many have ditched him and succeeded in their political endeavors.
Below are some of the politicians who became irreverent in politics when they ditched Baba;
1. Musalia Mudavadi
His association with Raila began when Baba joined Moi’s government which Mudavadi was part of. Raila ditched Moi and together with other opposing voices formed National Rainbow Coalition that toppled the independence party.
Mudavadi refused to join Raila and other rebels as Moi tricked him with a Vice President slot which he held for only three months making him the shortest serving VP in Kenya.
He subsequently lost his parliamentary seat in 2002 elections. Mudavadi joined Raila in 2007 and got a Deputy Prime Minister slot which he served for 5 years.
He turned down Raila’s offer to support him in 2017 elections and took a shot on the presidency which he lost becoming third.
Currently Mudavadi is irrelevant in politics as only Jubilee and Cord dominates the scene, Mudavadi’s Amani Coalition has lost clout.
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