How will Sagana-3 Help In Tilting The Mountain Towards Raila Odinga?

Written by on February 23, 2022

By: COLLINS TEUREY.

The vocal Nyeri town Member of Parliament Ngunjiri Wambugu  has expressed his side of the coin regarding the power play between the head of state, Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy, William Ruto. 

Ngunjiri, speaking at an interview on Citizen TV on Tuesday February 23,  expressed his confidence that he has a strong hunch that the head of state outwitted his deputy Ruto in 2022 succession politics. This comes barely after the head of state openly endorsed his former arch political rival and handshake partner Raila Odinga as his most preferred successor after he exits power later this year.

The profligacy Ruto and his allies made, according to the MP, was under-weighing the influence Uhuru has in Kenyan political arena and assuming President Kenyatta would not glaringly drum support for a presidential candidate of his choosing.

He elucidated that Ruto had not foreseen  the Head of State being  an active political player ahead of the polls slated for August 9th.

“The Deputy President was of the opinion that the President would not be a player in his succession. He assumed that Uhuru would not meet the people to chart the way forward.” 

“Uhuru’s choice to join campaigns is one thing Ruto never anticipated. The mountain (Mt Kenya region) will shift for we will listen to him,” the MP interjected, referring to the President’s frantic move  to grab Central Kenya back from Ruto’s clutch in favour of the ODM boss.

While presiding over the official launch of the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in Mombasa County on February 7, Uhuru stated that he was going to be vocal in the succession politics despite facing criticism from the DP and his foot soldiers.

“I told them to focus on development first and I was told that I do not have the powers to do so. They stated that they wanted to roam around and I said that it was fine.”

“The time for politicking has come and you will listen to us. We have those who started campaigning early and those of us who have just begun. This is a marathon,” the Head of State irrevocably stated.

However, even as Uhuru hosts leaders from the vote-rich region at Sagana State lodge on Wednesday, February 23, allies of the DP’s political being  have laughed off the reports alleging that he will speak on his fallout with Ruto, subsequently daring the president to “ let the cat out of the bag”

“If you tell us about your fallout, also explain why you allowed your allies from Mt Kenya to be intimidated. Tell us what we did wrong,” Nyoro stated.

“The President has never said that he will spill the beans. Uhuru Kenyatta will never do so, I know him. It is just agenda being pushed by political brokers like David Murathe (Jubilee Vice-Chairman),” Garissa Town MP, Aden Duale, added. 

Nonetheless, Uhuru allies held stance that Ruto instigated the friction between the two leaders ( Ruto and Uhuru), adding that it was utter baseless to blame the eminent fallout on the handshake between Mr president and the ODM boss, Raila Odinga.

In a past interview, Jubilee Secretary General Raphael Tuju claimed that Ruto approached Raila to jeopardize Uhuru in 2017, a few moons before the handshake between the President and the ODM leader took effect.


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