President Uhuru Kenyatta’s political strategists and his think tank have joined Raila Odinga’s camp and will be playing a pivotal role in ensuring the former prime minister succeeds Uhuru next year. This revelation is coming after a successful tour of Mt Kenya counties by Mr. Odinga.
The group comprises powerful figures in Kibaki and the current Uhuru administration, Mt Kenya tycoons, and business magnates who oiled Uhuru Kenyatta’s presidential campaigns twice in 2013 and 2017.
During his two-visit in Laikipia over the weekend, Raila Odinga met some members of the group.
It was during this tour that five Mt Kenya governors, allied to President Uhuru Kenyatta pledged to throw their weight behind Raila’s 2022 bid. They were governors Lee Kinyanjui (Nakuru), Francis Kimemia (Nyandarua), James Nyoro (Kiambu), and Nderitu Muriithi (Laikipia).
”We shall plan and coordinate a structured engagement with the region focusing on elected leaders, community leaders, business leaders, farmers’ organizations, the faith organizations, and key opinion leaders and shapers in the region,” a statement by the county bosses read in part.
In an interview on Citizen TV last week, Governor Francis Kimemia, a former secretary of the cabinet in President Kibaki’s administration disclosed the existence of powerful individuals, who determine the direction an election takes.
”It could be deeper than deep… if you have two candidates – let’s say – at 50-50, and the Deep State backs one, you can be sure that one will win the election… but that candidate must be credible and electable,” he said.