President Uhuru Kenyatta is with no doubt pushing for Raila’s presidency, but why would the head of state want his once greatest critic to take over from him and not his once closest friend with whom they were taken to the International Criminal Court?
Uhuru has indirectly hinted at endorsing Raila, and is also said to be rallying the entire opposition brigade behind him to enable him secure a win in next year’s general elections.
President Uhuru Kenyatta will back ODM leader Raila Odinga to succeed him in 2022 because “he is the only one capable of holding the country together,” Jubilee vice chairman David Murathe has said.
“Among all those seeking the presidency none of them has the experience and statesmanship like Raila does. We will go out of our way to ensure he is elected by a huge majority,” he said in an interview with the Star yesterday.
Uhuru, Murathe added, will also prefer Raila as away of settling a historical debt between his father Jomo Kenyatta and Raila’s father Jaramogi oginga Odinga.
The analyst says that the president, just like the others around the continent, is after securing some interests, which can be clearly seen in how he had been conducting himself.
He observes that the fact that the president first made the announcement in 2018, when he was not under any pressure to, is proof enough that he is after something.
The “My choice for 2022 will shock you”, statement from the president, he says in an article in the star was telling, as it came at a time when things were not that bad between Uhuru and his deputy William Ruto.
He adds that Ruto’s betrayal by Uhuru is justifiable as what brought them together before the 2013 polls was more like business and the two equally shared the government.