According to a statement released yesterday by IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati, former prime minister Raila Odinga lost the election to William Ruto, his bitter opponent and vice president, for the fifth time.
The uncertainty inside Raila’s political organization, Azimio La Umoja One Kenya, has been blamed for his defeat, nevertheless.
Politicians claim that Raila made glaring mistakes and mistakes that ultimately led to the failure of his dream.
A day before the general election on August 9th, polls indicated that Raila was likely to win for the first time, handily defeating William Ruto, his main rival.
On the ground, however, Azimio—of which President Uhuru Kenyatta is one of the leading figures—failed to elevate Raila to the White House.
Among the things Raila did poorly were:
Political Parties Leave Azimio – After being ignored, political parties including Alfred Mutua’s Maendeleo Chap Chap and Amason Kingi’s PAA left Azimio and joined Ruto’s Kenya Kwanza.
The Running Partner Scandal – Before choosing Martha Karua of Narc Kenya as his running mate, Raila Odinga was involved in a power struggle with a number of other leaders who wanted to succeed him. One of these politicians was Wiper Leader Kalonzo Musyoka. Due to this, Kalonzo decided against giving Raila the full number of Ukambani votes.
Flawed Messaging: Despite having a well-planned campaign roadmap, Azimio’s messaging failed to connect with the majority of voters during the campaign period. Kenya Kwanza, on the other hand, had synchronized its messaging to make sure that it connected with voters in every region it campaigned in.
Mobilization of Voters: According to political observers, Raila’s sixth attempt to win the presidency came up short due to a tactical failure in voter mobilization. Azimio, on the other hand, had significantly greater odds of winning the presidency in round one.
Ruto’s Kenya Kwanza, on the other hand, benefited from a grassroots mobilization by conducting door-to-door campaigns in regions thought to be his strongholds, such as Mount Kenya and the Rift Valley.
Failure to Deploy Enough Agents – As a result of the conflict in Azimio, Raila failed to send out enough agents to the polls, costing him the presidency.