Luo elders ‘identify’ Raila successor

One faction of the Luo Council of Elders Monday announced that it had identified a person they hope will succeed opposition leader Raila Odinga. Chairman Willis Otondi said they have already identified a “shrewd leader capable of fitting in Raila’s shoes”.

“We have already reached consensus on a politician whom we deem able to take up the leadership of the Luo community after Raila,” Otondi said.

This came as Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero said that his presidential ambition was unstoppable, despite opposition from some politicians in Nyanza. Kidero said his bid for the presidency is irreversible as he has “what it takes to lead Kenya”, using the opportunity to defend his many harambees in the region.

“The harambees we are doing are aimed at boosting development. Those questioning where some of us get money should keep theirs in their pockets,” Kidero said.

Otondi is known to be close to Raila and has been leading a faction of the Luo Council of Elders while Riaga Ogalo leads another faction that now backs Kidero for President.