Pres Uhuru Kenyatta has revealed he did soul searching before settling on Raila Odinga for the presidential seat.
On Tuesday, January 25, when speaking to a group of leaders from Western Kenya at State House Nairobi, Uhuru hinted that he might support Raila in his fifth attempt at the presidency.
According to People Daily, the president backed Raila for president, claiming that the country will be safe in his (Raila’s) hands. It should not be forgotten that the two leaders allied in March 2018 after a tense presidential election in 2017, during which the ODM supremo contested Uhuru’s victory.
The pres Uhuru Kenyatta claimed he conducted a lot of soul-searching before deciding to cooperate with the ODM head, adding that “he was not mad to circumvent his deputy.”
“I am not a mad man to wake up one day and settle on a man whom I have hated almost all my life and bypass my own deputy. Do you people think I arrived a the decision without soul-searching? I have my reasons that I will soon tell Kenyans, but at an appropriate time,” said Uhuru.
President Uhuru Kenyatta dived into his succession politics for the first time, stating his favored side as the August 9 presidential election approaches.
Despite his feud with his deputy William Ruto, the president remained cautious about upcoming polls for the longest period, only sending out indirect signals for different quarters to interpret.
He added that he would visit the campaign trail at the appropriate time to rally support for the ODM leader.
Uhuru pointed out that the Ruto-led team began their campaign too soon, implying that the Azimo team will catch up and eventually take the lead.
“Let them continue with their pace. But they should know starting early doesn’t guarantee them a win. When the right time comes you will see me traversing the nation drumming support for Raila,” said Uhuru.
Uhuru is believed to have expressed his anger with ANC and Ford Kenya officials who formed a working alliance with the deputy president on January 23 at the same event.
Nonetheless, he stated that he will continue to woo Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Wetang’ula to ensure that they support Raila’s presidential bid through the Azimio la Umoja campaign.
“They have all lost direction. They would have benefitted if they were to stick with Raila. Kenyans will be safe under the leadership of Raila compared to those other people they have gone to partner with,” said Uhuru.