Kenya’s election fever hits Kampala as Museveni’s pick DP Ruto faces political storm

President Museveni is praying that his pick for the presidency in Kenya William Ruto carries the day

President Museveni is said to be uncomfortable with Raila Odinga’s radical stand on democracy and good governance having roundly denouncing election rigging by Kampala

By The Weekly Vision Online

Tension is running high in Kampala as Kenya’s 2022 transition elections are fast approaching with the long-ruling Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni crossing his fingers, praying that his pick for the presidency in Kenya carries the day. Mr Museveni is widely believed to support Kenya deputy president William Ruto.

Museveni has had rather warm but frosty ties with Mr Raila Odinga with the two men clashing over the disputed tiny rock on Lake Victoria called Migingo now occupied by NRA soldiers. At one time the two historically close neighbours with relatives living on both sides came close to war over the tilapia fish rich island but Raila then as PM declared there was no need to “spill blood over fish.”

Many say if Mr Odinga prevails next year and becomes Kenya’s 5th president, it would no longer be business as usual in East African’s regional politics

Mr Museveni also enjoys close ties with both President Uhuru Kenyatta and Ruto, he is widely said to be against an Odinga presidency in Kenya. Museveni is said to be uncomfortable with Odinga’s radical stand on democracy and good governance having roundly denouncing election rigging in Kampala.

To prove his unease with Odinga, in 2007 Museveni supported Mwai Kibaki who barely managed to secure a controversial second term blamed on massive election rigging. The violent deadly post-election protests against “Kibaki claimed 1350 lives and displaced 650,000. There were unsubstantiated claims of Museveni sending troops to Eldoret to help safeguard civilians from warriors chanting war songs.

Mr Odinga has kept dismissing elections in Kampala as a “shameful circus” which is a blot to Africa’s nascent democracy. Many say if Mr Odinga prevails next year and becomes Kenya’s 5th president, it would no longer be business as usual in East African’s regional politics. Museveni would cease to be the regional elderly political kingpin calling the shots. It is said Odinga government would hardly tolerate the NRA mischief on Migingo island and that there could be heightened tension if Museveni does not back down.

It is for this reason that Museveni even as he leads the country in marking 59 years of independence is said to be painfully aware, spending sleepless nights crafting strategies that will ensure a friendly post-Uhuru Kenyatta regime in Nairobi.

Matters are not helped by the growing possibility of the One Kenya Alliance (OKA) grand alliance agreeing to front Raila against Ruto in 2022 many says would most likely be won by Odinga. For now, it’s a game of wait and see, hope for the best.

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