Raila Odinga has settled on Peter Kenneth as his number two

ODM party leader Raila Odinga and Peter Kenneth

The Mount Kenya region’s pro-Odinga leading lights like Citizen TV/Radio mogul S.K. Macharia, Maina Kamanda and others insist it’s time the community played “fair” with Odinga but that of course will not be without a price!

By The Weekly Vision Online

Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga is leaving little to chance in his quest to inherit President Uhuru Kenyatta’s vote-rich Mount Kenya basket in what many political observers see as a revival of the post-independence Kikuyu-Luo political alliance.

A resounding message from his top strategists sounds like sweet music to Mr Odinga’s legion of supports spread across the country. For a long time, Raila Odinga was perceived as a waking nightmare in a region that has produced three of Kenya’s four presidents since independence, two of them from one family, a father and son.

The Mount Kenya region’s pro-Odinga leading lights like Citizen TV/Radio mogul S.K. Macharia and Maina Kamanda insist it’s time the community played “fair” with Odinga. But that of course will not be without a price! They are angling for a running-mate docket to “secure” a post-Uhuru Kenyatta political future.

Kenya’s economy has been largely in their hands from owning rental houses in Nairobi, to real estate, public transport, motor spares, retail trade, supermarket chains and butcheries. Kiambu county which has produced two presidents is Kenya’s wealthiest county

Former Gatanga MP Peter Kenneth has been on the lips of many in central Kenya as a candidate, he contested for the presidency in 2013 and 2017. He is widely respected for effectively managing the CDF kitty in the Gatanga constituency where he uplifted the living standards of many. His detractors however say he is “too rigid” a stickler for rules that make him a “colour-less” politician. But even his most ardent rivals admit he is a performer. So, has Mr Odinga settled on the “half mzungu” whose father was French to deputize him?

When founding president Jomo Kenyatta died in 1978 after 15 years in power, his deputy Daniel Moi succeeded him and appointed Mwai Kibaki vice president. Since independence, the Kikuyu of central Kenya has been close to power only pushed to the periphery during Moi’ 24-year tenure.

The economy has been largely in their hands from owning rental houses in Nairobi, to real estate, public transport, motor spares, retail trade, supermarket chains and butcheries. Kiambu county which has produced two presidents is Kenya’s wealthiest county. But it also has the highest poverty index which remains an enduring paradox.

As Uhuru Kenyatta prepares to exit, wealthy Kikuyu with vast properties and investments are keen to have a “friendly” government that will safeguard their colossal fortune. President Uhuru Kenyatta seems to have settled on Mr Odinga and on December 9 a major event is planned, an event at which the March 9th 2018 political handshake will be put in its right perspective. Before this Uhuru will chair the ruling party Jubilee annual delegates conference to define its alliance with ODM ahead of the 2022 poll.

This leaves DP William Ruto who is also mulling on who to name running-mate with some people claiming that he may settle for the iron lady from Kirinyanga county governor Anne Waiguru as his number two. And let the music play!

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