The loss of Jubilee party’s candidate in the Kiambaa constituency by-election has alarmed opposition chief Odinga Odinga who early this year told a national TV network that central Kenya “owes him a political debt” after his “Kibaki tosha” declaration in 2002 that saw a united opposition defeat then Moi heir apparent Uhuru.
Mr Odinga is counting on the massive support from Mount Kenya in 2022 to reciprocate his “handshake” truce with Kenyatta on March 9 2018. Even as President Uhuru Kenyatta keeps close ties with his handshake partner Raila Odinga and keeps heaping the most sensitive state functions to Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi, rebellion in his home turf has been steadily growing, Raila Odinga’s camp has taken note of the situation.
Mr Odinga is counting on the massive support from Mount Kenya in 2022 to reciprocate his “handshake” truce with Kenyatta on March 9 2018
UDA candidate Kariri Njama associated with DP William Ruto whitewashed president Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubille party candidate Njuguna Wanjiku in the president’s backyard, his top aides had referred to as his “kitchen”. Just like in Juja in March this is perhaps the biggest wake-up call for the “grand” alliance opposed to a Ruto presidency come 2022.
As Charity Ngilu, Kitui governor was heard warning the Kenya 1 Alliance faces defeat to Ruto if the whole of central Kenya goes to the DP Hustler bandwagon. The outgoing president many experts say has a lot on his mind especially on life after 2022 polls. His big 4 legacies crippled by the Covid- 19 global pandemic has weighed heavily on his choices. But the bitter rebellion back at home in Kiambu, and a possible presidency of a man he has spent the last 3 years fighting and undermining systematically, is now cause for pure anguish.
Uhuru is now “completely confounded” by Kiambaa results says political columnist Mutahi Ngunyi who had predicted victory for Uhuru as a “retirement bonus”. Ngunyi had sort to urge Kiambaa voters not to “forget” the church fire in 2007-08 in Eldoret urging them to reject Ruto’s allied UDA candidate.
Mr Ngunyi recently watched helplessly as his bungalow burnt down in a mysterious fire in the leafy Runda, he has now been confounded by the defeat in the Kiambaa constituency, some thought was impossible.
All is not lost in president Uhuru camp though, as at Karuri High School, Muguga Ward his candidate won the MCA contest in a by-election on the same night by a margin of only 27 votes. Jubilee party’s Githinji Mungera won by a narrow lead over UDA’s Kamau Thumbi.
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