Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru is foreseeing a runoff in the 2022 Presidential elections as no current presidential candidate seems to have what it takes for a first-round win.
According to Anne Waiguru, if some presidential candidates do not join forces to face one enemy, a runoff is inevitable in the 2022 General Election.
Speaking to KTN, Waiguru however said she hopes the country does not get there as conducting a presidential election re-run is an expensive affair.
“It is very possible that we could end up in a run-off if we do not do our mathematics correctly. Therefore, the determining team (in case of a presidential election re-run) will be the third team. it will determine who is going to become president. Depending on whether they back A or B,” Anne Waiguru said.
The Kirinyaga county boss explained that without the passing of the BBI bill, there will be only a few positions up for grabs in government hence complicating the formation of any re-election coalitions ahead of 2022 General Election.
These are; the Presidency, deputy presidency, and Speaker, hence making many leaders refuse to shelve their ambitions for the other.
“It’s going to be very complex if the BBI doesn’t pass. It is going to be very difficult for those who are running for the presidential seat to choose their running mates and also work out their matrices,” she quipped.
The prediction by Anne Waiguru comes amid a tough stand by Kalonzo Musyoka and Musalia Mudavadi, who have refused to support Raila Odinga for the presidency even after being asked to do so by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
After the meeting at State House Mombasa last week, it emerged that President Uhuru persuaded the trio to back Raila Odinga’s presidential bid.
However, the two have refused to blink, insisting that they will be in the presidential race.
According to Kalonzo Musyoka’s team, they have supported Raila for a long time, and it’s time for their party leader to fly the ticket.
“His name will be on the ballot as a presidential candidate, and not running mate to anyone, least of all Raila Odinga,” said Kitui Senator Enoch Wambua.
On the other hand, Musalia Mudavadi’s camp has refused to play second fiddle.
The common enemy in the entire 2022 presidential race is Uhuru’s deputy, William Ruto. He is yet to assemble his team but all political alliances appear to be centered around how to defeat him.