Former Kiambu Governor William Kabogo has said President Uhuru Kenyatta has no influence in Mt. Kenya because he will be retiring next year anyway.
According to Kabogo the Head of State is neither in a position to determine the person who will be in power in 2022 nor dictate to Mt Kenya region who to support.
“He (Uhuru Kenyatta) has no influence in Mt Kenya. Once you finish your term, it is over. (retired president) Mwai Kibaki was in the position. He retired and left,
“He did not actively take part in deciding who would succeed him. We will not sit to wait for direction from someone,” William Kabogo said.
Speaking in an Interview on K24 TV, the former Governor added that the President has no option but to retire in 2022 when his term comes to an end.
“President Uhuru Kenyatta is going home, and there is no debate about that. If he does not want to retire, let his people tell him it will not be possible. The Constitution says he should retire after the 2022 election,” he said.
Kaobogo’s statement comes at a time President Uhuru is actively involved in trying to fix 2022 succession politics.
The head of State has shown a preference for opposition leader Raila Odinga to succeed him over his own Deputy President William Ruto.
Uhuru has been trying to convince other regional political kingpins like Kalonzo Musyoka, Musalia Midavadi and Moses Wetangula to support Raila Odinga so as to form a strong team capable of beating William Ruto in 2022.
William Kabogo also weighed in on the current political division that is being witnessed in the Mt Kenya region, this, he said is a seasonal thing that will come to an end.
“Why not, it is all about talking. One year in politics is like 20 years, we are still far.”
Kabogo confirmed that if the region will still be divided in 2022, they will suffer a loss, but if they unite, the beneficiary will get a huge boost.
Central Kenya has lately been divided over its political bearing, as leaders who were closely allied to Deputy President William Ruto slowly detach themselves.
The team made up of Gatundu MP Moses Kuria, and former CS Mwangi Kiunjuri is advocating for their own regional parties, and not fully joining Ruto’s UDA camp.
Even as they advocate for regional parties, they have pledged their loyalty to William Ruto’s presidency.