President Uhuru Kenyatta will rejoice with Raila as President to end the political feud between the family of first president Jomo Kenyatta and that of Jaramogi Oginga Odinga.
Unlike other previous presidents who left the country divided, Uhuru is keen on uniting the nation and he believes that would only be achieved if the ODM leader succeeds him.
President Uhuru’s allies have consistently maintained that the Head of State is keen to ensure the handshake spirit lives even after his retirement so that he leaves a united country, which shall only be achieved with a Raila Presidency.
Jubilee Vice Chairman David Murathe, an ardent defender of President Uhuru Kenyatta said that it’s only through Raila Odinga’s presidency that he (Uhuru) will keep the country united and leverage on the gains made by the Jubilee government.
“We are determined to have Raila get a Mandela moment, we are keen on this and it will happen. It is the only way we can keep the country united and leverage on the gains of President Kenyatta’s government,” Murathe said as quoted by the Standard.
According to Central Organization for Trade Union (COTU) boss Francis Atwoli, the ODM leader is the only presidential candidate with a majority of supporters across the country.
“The truth is Raila has fanatical supporters who cannot change their minds or switch allegiance. Although Raila has not declared his candidature, he has a head start and will overtake everyone once he starts” he said.
Although Uhuru has not publicly declared who he will support with less than a year to the polls, his recent moves clearly point to a Raila Presidency.
On Tuesday, August 10, the Head of State held a meeting with all opposition chiefs at State House in Mombasa where he urged them to unite against his deputy president William Ruto.
Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo Jnr however said it is in Uhuru’s own interest not to appear to endorse any candidate or pinpoint interest in any adding that the President should be a middle ground arbitrator focused on a peaceful election.
“If he endorses, the incumbency mantra that he faces will befall the candidate. Anyone seeking direct endorsement or Uhuru seeking to coerce him in it will lose,” he said.