Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta came close to revealing he will support Raila Odinga for the presidency in 2022.
Speaking during the Madaraka Day fete in Kisumu on Tuesday, June 1, the Head of State said he is ready to walk the whole journey with Raila Odinga, an indication he considers holding the ODM leaders hand in his quest to be president.
“I want to say here today that whatever the future holds, I look forward to working with him and all Kenyans to build a better, brighter, more united, and prosperous Kenya, East Africa, and Africa,” Uhuru said.
The statement comes at a time Raila has been participating actively in state affairs, sometimes being delegated duties yet he is the opposition leader.
This is the first time President Uhuru Kenyatta who is retiring in August 2022 has broken his silence about his future plans.
The former prime minister last week told his supporters that the 2022 General Election shall be is tough but promised to not come home empty-handed.
In an interview with a local radio station, Raila urged youths from his political bedrock of Nyanza to come out in large numbers and register as voters.
Uhuru’s subtle endorsement comes at a time when political analysts claim Uhuru could be doing so to manage Raila so that he can run the government smoothly.
“By the time they finish, we’ll be in September or October and the ODM leader will not be able to cause any trouble,” Political analyst Martin Andati said in an opinion article published by the Star Newspaper