Many say president Uhuru Kenyatta has never forgotten the lessons of 2007-08 post-election turbulence that was replicated to some degree in 2013-2017 and is keen to end the cyclic through the BBI
Those old enough may remember how President Daniel Moi in his twilight succession years, will see a parallel strategy in the way current President Uhuru Kenyatta has side-lined his deputy president William Ruto from the mainstream affairs of running the country.
President Moi, the “professor of Kenya politics” told his then deputy of 11 years to his face Prof. George Saitoti, that although he was a “good friend” he could not trust him with power.
At different public forums Moi began to “market” his preferred heir, then political green-horn Uhuru Kenyatta whom he had appointed local government minister. Moi set the stage for “succession” politics that completely ignore his vice presidency as his choice for the presidency. He kept telling “disbelieving” crowds that only Uhuru Kenyatta could be trusted with power.
Ironically Moi only became president by virtue of being deputy when founding president Jomo Kenyatta died in August 1978 after 15 years in power. Moi had weathered a fierce storm spearheaded by the change-the-constitution mafia from Kiambu who had sort to block him from ascending the presidency upon the death of the occupant. But the Kiambu mafia was overtaken by events when Kenyatta died leaving his deputy to step in as per the constitution.
Having openly declared that he had no preferred “heir” and roundly disowned his deputy, could Uhuru Kenyatta like president Moi be showing Kenyans the direction he would like us to take? While a lot will depend on how the courts rule on the BBI motion before the court of appeal, it is clear that the Kenyan leader has his eyes set on one of the OKA principals of last week’s Mombasa Statehouse meeting is anything to go by.
Uhuru has roundly tried to whip his Mount Kenya political stronghold to support his bid to ensure a “peaceful and united” country where all are free to work and invest without the notorious “tribal tag” being bandied around their neck.
Many say the president has never forgotten the lessons of 2007-08 post-election turbulence that was replicated to some degree in 2013-2017 and is keen to end the cyclic through the BBI. If the courts decide to kick out BBI, the presidents’ options become limited.
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