A number of members of Parliament allied to both the Jubilee Party and the National Super Alliance (NASA) now want Raila Odinga to retire from politics and focus on his new appointment to the African Union.
Speaking in Kesses Constituency, Uasin Gishu County on Sunday during a fundraising exercise, the lawmakers argued that the former Prime Minister’s job quite demanding and he should take a back seat in local politics.
Among the over 18 politicians calling for Raila’s retirement are Kiharu Member of Parliament Ndindi Nyoro, Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichungwa, Kimilili MP Didmus Barasa and Oscar Sudi of Kapsaret.
“The kind of job Raila has been given in South Africa doesn’t allow him to participate in politics, he should leave politics to us,” Barasa said.
“Because he has a bigger job in the whole of Africa, he should now leave local politics to us, ” Nyoro added.
The sentiments were also echoed by former Kakamega Senator Bonny Khalwale who said Odinga’s time in politics has elapsed and he should focus on mentoring the younger leaders to take over.
“An old man is not allowed to dance with young people, Raila played dance with Matiba, Moi and Kibaki, he should quit now because his time is over,” Khalwale said.
At the same time, the leaders backed Deputy President William Ruto to succeed Uhuru in 2022.
“We have no doubt that William Ruto will succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2022 and continue with the trans-formative agenda of changing peoples lives, ” Kimani Ichungwa said.
Raila Odinga was appointed as the African Union High Representative for Infrastructure Development in Africa by Chairperson of the AU Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat.