Raila Odinga Endorses Tim Wanyonyi’s Bid for Nairobi Gubernatorial Seat: “Incoming Governor”

  • Raila came short of declaring Westlands MP Tim Wanyonyi as the ODM’s preferred gubernatorial candidate in 2022
  • Raila’s move comes weeks after his wife Mama Ida, publicly endorsed the second-time legislator for the top city job
  • So far, it is only Wanyonyi who has declared interest in flying the ODM party’s flag in the race for the governorship of the city

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Barely a week after Westlands MP Tim Wanyonyi declared his bid for Nairobi gubernatorial seat, Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga has endorsed him.

Raila Odinga hinted at endorsing Tim Wanyonyi for Nairobi governor's seat.
Tim Wanyonyi speaks at Azimio la Mama in Nairobi on Thursday, November 18. Photo: Robinson Sitati/TUKO.co.ke.
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Raila’s move comes weeks after his wife Mama Ida, publicly endorsed the second-time legislator for the top city job.

Before the declaration day, a section of city politicians had tried to launch scathing attacks against Wanyonyi dismissing his ambition to be the third elected governor of Nairobi.

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Raila drops hint

The ODM leader, while addressing Azimio la Mama event in Nairobi on Thursday, November 18, nearly declared the MP as the ODM’s preferred gubernatorial candidate in 2022.

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He told Wanyonyi, who was in attendance, to ensure that city markets are clean to offer a conducive working environment for traders.

“I am happy that I am joined by the incoming governor of Nairobi here,” he said as he responded to the concern raised.

The seasoned politician was responding to a concern raised by one of the participants who were concerned about the state of city markets and it was at that point that he recognised the ODM MP.

So far, it is only Wanyonyi who has declared interest in flying the ODM party’s flag in the race for the governorship of the city.

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10-point agenda

During his declaration, Wanyonyi laid down 10 strategic plans that would guide him should he be elected.

In the 10-point agenda, he said he foresees a transformed Nairobi into an economic powerhouse and a real smart city.

He said he is committed to transforming Nairobi into an economic powerhouse and a smart city.

One that is built on strong ICT platforms with seamless integration of services that are affordable and accessible.

“For the last 15 years, I have served Nairobi, first as a nominated councilor and then as an elected MP for Westlands constituency since 2013. Fellow residents of Nairobi, it is with humility that I offer to serve you as the next governor,” he said.

And as she vouched for Wanyonyi’s candidacy for the governor’s seat, Mama Ida described him as a visionary, focused and one with integrity and capable of running the city.

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“Tim is like my son, and he has a vision. We will ensure that we support him so that he becomes the next Nairobi governor in 2022 under the ODM party,” she said.

Wanyonyi has pegged his bid on his admirable performance as Westlands MP for two consecutive terms.

Story by Robinson Sitati, TUKO.co.ke correspondent.

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