President Uhuru Kenyatta has left many guessing who he will endorse as his successor ahead of the highly anticipated 2022 General Election.
All eyes are set on his likely successors; ODM leader Raila Odinga, ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi, Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka and KANU’s Gideon Moi with whom insiders opine he enjoys good relations with.
Kivumbi.co.ke understands Uhuru’s succession team is divided between the four veteran politicians.
After the March 2018 handshake, Raila emerged as a possible successor of Uhuru. This was even made more concrete by the introduction of the Building Bridges Initiative, something they both popularised while promising to introduce fresh brand of politics.
The president has trusted Raila with major government tasks including launching major projects with him.
ODM team has held the BBI so close, citing that it is a project of Uhuru and Raila, which guarantees the former Prime Minister the presidency in 2022.
Some close allies of President Uhuru such as David Murathe and Maina Kamanda have openly declared their support for the former Prime Minister.
Under the One Kenya Alliance, Gideon Moi, Musalia Mudavadi and Kalonzo Musyoka also pose as possible choices for president Uhuru Kenyatta.
In their coalition, the 4 principals have not settled for a suitable person to take the presidential ticket yet.
However, Uhuru has shown a soft spot for all of them by holding meetings with them at State House without showing favor to any party.
Gideon’s case has been seen to be more of an act of gratitude for Uhuru in a bid to return the favor from late President Daniel Moi by endorsing his son.
For Mudavadi, he has made his intentions clear, saying that he is a one-man-army. He refuted claims that he is a project of the ‘deep state’ but rather an individual with his own ambitions.
Kalonzo has not made his stand clear as he appears to be the ‘watermelon’ he has always been. Even with his laying low, the Wiper leader is seen as a possible candidate to succeed Uhuru.
With Uhuru having been on record before that his choice of successor will shock many, anything is possible but what is clear in many Kenyan’s minds is the president might not pick his Deputy President William Ruto as a successor.