Big blow to RAILA ODINGA as his ex-aide SILAS JAKAKIMBA joins RUTO’s UDA - Tells the ‘old man’ to quit politics!!

Wednesday, March 27, 2024 - Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga has suffered a severe blow after his former aide, Silas Jakakimba, dumped the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party and joined President William Ruto’s United Democratic Alliance (UDA).

In a statement after joining the ruling party on Wednesday, Jakakimba said the party led by Ruto was growing in popularity in the Nyanza region, hence he was ready to join the wave.

"Joining UDA affirms the party's growing popularity in Nyanza and across the country. I intend to join the many Nyanza people who are now increasingly ready to mobilize, popularize and even contest for elections on the UDA platform. 

"Joining UDA confirms my belief that the party is a national party with a national constituency and an even brighter future in the path of grounding and consolidating democratic gains in our years-old quest for good governance in the Joint Republic. 

"Needless to say, the UDA is the largest party by count in the county assemblies nationally, in the Senate, in the National Assembly and lastly — the party that delivered the presidency," he stated.

Addressing his association with the former prime minister, Jakakimba said that Raila should exit local politics to focus on African Union Commission (AUC) chairmanship.

"On the question of my association with Rt. Hon. Rails Odinga, I have severally, in the past year, expressed my strong belief that Baba needs to step back from the rigors of local politics and focus on a continental assignment. 

"I am happy that President Ruto has deemed it fit and in the broader geopolitical interests of the Nation premised on a need to posture Africa's potential to the rest of the world - to front the Former PM as a candidate for AUC Chairmanship. 

"Jakom has done his bit locally, has had his chances and even within ODM, leave alone Azimio, the discussion now is: 'Who next?'" he posed.

Jakakimba, who says he has worked for Raila for almost 20 years, believes that loyalty should never be a lifetime affair.


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