Why African opposition parties are in turmoil

Cord leader Raila Odinga (right), Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetangula acknowledge cheers as they arrive at Jomo Kenyatta Sports Ground in Kisumu where they addressed a rally on January 18, 2014. Photo/JACOB OWITI

What you need to know:

  • ODM has been in a slumber since long before the election of last March.
  • The pessimists in the party seem to think the best that can be hoped for is for the party to close ranks around its Luo heartland.
  • Across the continent, opposition parties find themselves in a similar situation.

Last weekend, Raila Odinga told the Sunday Nation that “Any political party exists with the aim of winning elections so that it can implement its agenda. A party without ambition has no reason to exist.”

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