He joins the slippery Uhuru Kenyatta presidential succession race
Jimmy Wanjigi, the consummate political wheeler-dealer became a familiar figure after a serious fall out with President Uhuru Kenyatta, he appears set to tread where the head of state has asked his tribesmen not to even dare.
He joins National Assembly speaker Justin Muturi recently anointed as the Mount Kenya elder and spokesman. Both men are widely seen as “lukewarm” guns for hire positioning themselves for a possible deal before the 2022 epic duel.
Jimmy Wanjigi is unlikely to excite many in the vote-rich Central Kenya region, home to the country’s most economically powerful community that has produced 3 of Kenya’s 4 presidents
The move by Wanjigi is unlikely to excite many in the vote-rich Central Kenya region, home to the country’s most economically powerful community that has produced 3 of Kenya’s 4 presidents. During all this time the community has weaved a massive influence in the economy, controlling retail trade, public transport, housing and construction, real estate, hotels/bars and restaurants. The community has since effectively replaced Asian traders many of who returned “home” to Britain.
President Uhuru is on record openly declaring early this year that “other communities” be allowed to rule in a veiled attack at supporters of deputy president William Ruto. Then Uhuru had clashed with Rift valley MPs allied to Ruto exchanging harsh words over the Kenyatta family name and vast properties under their control. The Ruto allied MPs had told Kenyatta to “finish his term and go” saying Kenya was not his shamba. They said they were “tired” of Kenyatta to which the president countered “endelea kuchoka”
While National Assembly speaker Muturi hardly cuts any ice with locals in Mount Kenya, Wanjigi is viewed as a “musketeer” wheeler-dealer who turned his back on a brother (Uhuru Kenyatta) at his hour of need.
That Wanjigi made most of his wealth “overnight’ during the Kibaki reign and through “suspicious” Eurobond deals are now factors that could easily derail his ambitions. What if he became Raila’s running mate in 2022? There is food for thought, many concur but few admit it would make much difference.
There is already “Kikuyu fatigue” a fact which even the president admits can no longer be wished away saying “others” deserve a chance to rule! Only 2 tribes have ruled Kenya in 62 years of independence from colonial Britain Kikuyu-Kalenjin, while the Luos produced the first vice president Raila’s father. Luhyas have produced three vice presidents but have never ruled despite their massive vote that is always divided!
Wanjigi would be like mincemeat to DP Ruto in 2022 even if he teamed with Odinga many saying the wheeler-dealer tag has not endeared him to many . At the height of their dispute in 2016 Uhuru is said to have cancelled several state deals with Wanjigi firms forcing the latter to run to Odinga.
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