In less than 72 hours Kenyans will cast their votes to decide who their next President will be. The race to State House has been narrowed down to two major players: President Uhuru Kenyatta and the National Super Alliance (NASA) flagbearer Raila Odinga.
This is seen as Raila Odinga’s last stab to the presidency and, probably, an end to his illustrious political career if he loses to the incumbent President. The former Prime Minister enjoys a near fanatical following in and outside the borders of Kenya.
Raila, now fondly referred to as Joshua after the biblical Joshua who led the Israelite tribes in the conquest of Canaan, has made every effort to ensure he dislodges Uhuru Keyatta from the top seat.
We take a look African Heads of State who will not miss Raila Odinga inauguration if he clinches the presidency.
John Pombe ‘Bulldozer’ Magufuli-Tanzania President
He took the realms of power in 2015 after defeating his closest rival ex-Prime Minister Edward Lowassa by garnering 58% percent of the votes while the latter managed 40% of the votes cast. His friendship with Nasa leader Raila Amollo Odinga is an open secret to the chagrin of the Jubilee mandarins. Rumors did heavy rotation on social media platforms and in the mainstream media of a parallel tallying system set by NASA in Tanzania, allegations Magufuli had to refute to ease tension between his country and Kenya. Raila has visited Magufuli in Tanzania and their chemistry is undeniable. He will definitely fly into the country for his friend’s inauguration ceremony.
Nana Akufo- Addo-Ghana President
The current Ghana President Nana Addo humbled John Dramani Mahama-who was the incumbent-by a margin of 9.45%. The Ghanaian President has enjoyed a long standing friendship with Raila Amollo Odinga. During his inauguration, Raila was among the leaders who were invited. Addo is the same agemate with the NASA leader and the two have a long history in opposition politics. It is Addo who advised Raila to use a parallel tallying system to ensure no votes are rigged.
Yoweri Museveni-Uganda President
His friendship with Uhuru Kenyatta coming to the 2013 elections was ‘tight’. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni was openly supporting the young untested Uhuru. It is not clear where and why the Ugandan strongman abandoned him. Museveni has since shifted allegiance to Tanzania and it will not come as a surprise that he will be among the Presidents to show up for Raila’s inauguration.
Ian Khama-Botswana President
The Botswana President has been a strong advocate of the International Criminal Court (ICC). ICC is detested by President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William having appeared in the court as suspect in the 2007/08 post election violence. His worldview is almost the same as that of Raila and his presence at his inauguration will not come as a surprise.