ODM leader Raila Odinga is already preparing for the 2027 elections probably in a bid to ensure that he does not suffer another painful humiliation like in the 2022 general elections.
After returning to the country from Zanzibar where he had gone for holiday and probably for a moment of reflections, Raila came back with ‘fiery ideas’ to ensure that everything is in place before 2027.
Speaking in Azimio parliamentary group meeting on Friday in Machakos, Raila listed three things that the coalition’s lawmakers must work hard for. They include saving the Judiciary from state capture, calling for reforms at IEBC and finally keeping the Executive’s powers under control.
According to Saturday Nation, Raila is targeting to reform IEBC and the Judiciary by 2024, which is about three years to the next general elections.
Some of the planned reforms on IEBC include sending home all the officials and establishing a new electoral body, going back to purely manual voting and results transmission system as well as redefining roles of presiding officers in declaration of results.
The former prime minister is banking on two options to achieve his goals. One of the ways is through the parliament, where he claims to have the majority of lawmakers or by popular vote(referendum).
Raila returned to the country on Thursday this week and immediately launched an attack on the Judiciary. He has also accused President William Ruto’s government of attempting to capture the judiciary.
“There is clearly a push by the Executive to own the Judiciary through illegal actions that amount to bribery. That is the reason for the rush to appoint six judges and to allocate money to the Judiciary.
“Financial allocations to institutions and State agencies are done by Parliament based on a scrutiny of budget proposals presented by the institution. In this case, the Executive has given itself that role. It is a plain attempt to capture the Judiciary through bribery,” Raila said during the Friday’s meeting.