Mr Salim Lone, who served as top adviser to former Prime Minister Raila Odinga during the Grand Coalition government, is set to return to the country to bolster the National Super Alliance a flag bearer’s campaign team.
Mr Lone is expected in the country on Wednesday and according to sources, he will take charge of the communication and strategic advisory functions in Mr Odinga’s campaign team.
This is the second time the former Prime Minister is turning to Mr Lone to head his campaign communications after the 2007 elections in which he served as ODM director of communications and top political advisor to Mr Odinga.
Following the contested outcome of the election and Mr Kofi Annan-led negotiation at Serena Hotel, and subsequently Mr Odinga’s appointment as Prime Minister in the grand coalition government, the 74-year-old Mr Lone became the Prime Minister’s spokesman and political advisor.
During the 2010 referendum campaign for the new Constitution Mr Lone was also appointed as co-chair with former Trade Minister Mukhisa Kituyi of the government-led Yes campaign team.
In that role, he worked under the leadership of the cabinet co-chairs of Yes campaign, Ministers Prof Anyang’ Nyong’o and Mr Kiraitu Murungi.
He stayed out in the 2013 general election in order to complete work on a book on Kenyan and African Politics that will shortly go to the publisher.
On Monday Mr Lone expressed his delight at the return saying it offers him an opportunity to be part of history for a new Kenya.
“This is very crucial elections for our country because if Jubilee Party is re-elected it will spell trouble for our country,” he said, just before he took the flight In New York for Nairobi.
Mr Lone return comes just a week after Mr Odinga unveiled a 15-member campaign team, led by former Cabinet Minister Musalia Mudavadi that will spearhead his campaigns.
Mr Mudavadi is deputised by Machakos Senator Johnson Muthama, and Ms Olga Karani.