Keenly aware that he is not a favourite in Mogadishu, Odinga has recently been bending over backwards to come up with proposals to restore bilateral relations with Somalia. Much to the concern of the security services, which are on high alert in the run-up to the Kenyan elections.
Deputy President William Ruto's campaign team is exasperated by the failure of his running mate, Rigathi Gachagua, to toe the official line. Communications advisers in the Kenya Kwanza coalition have had to deal with a string of polemics sparked by Gachagua's speeches and by comments on social media by some of Ruto's more vocal allies.
The Kenyan president and the two main contenders hoping to succeed him have already contacted the new Somali leader's officials. But they will have their work cut out to normalise relations between Nairobi and Mogadishu, which hit rock bottom under Somalia's previous leader.
In the run-up to the general election, rival polling institutes and media outlets are churning out figures and predictions that are sometimes at odds with each other. These statistics are being scrutinised closely by the political parties to inform their campaign choices.
The Kenyatta-Odinga duo's closest allies blame the president for being too exclusive in his latest selection of ambassadors and high-level diplomats. Most of the newly appointed come from within the Orange Democratic Movement or Jubilee Party.
Richard Ngatia, head of the Kenyan Chamber of Commerce, is carrying out an intense diplomatic campaign as he bids to become governor of Nairobi. He is already influential in East Africa but is also strengthening his ties in the Gulf as he promises jobs for young voters.
Back in Kenya after a week in the UK, presidential candidate Raila Odinga has been giving attention to his foreign policy credentials. To attract the favours of the West, he has highlighted Kenya's role as a peacemaker in the Horn of Africa, a region riven by civil wars and political crises.