Azimio Coalition presidential candidate Raila Odinga has disclosed what roles President Uhuru Kenyatta is likely to play in his government after the Head of State retires this August.
Speaking from London on Tuesday night during an interview with BBC’s Sophie Ikenye, the former prime minister said Uhuru Kenyatta will be an advisor in the Azimio government, focussing on giving advice on issues of the economy and can even take up a foreign diplomacy role like the one he (Raila) currently holds at the African Union.
”President Uhuru will be an advisor just as I have done in his government. He can also focus on helping us with advice on the economy and he can take up roles such as mine in foreign diplomacy. There are many roles President Kenyatta can do after his retirement,” Mr. Odinga, who is also the Infrastructure Envoy of the AU said.
President Kenyatta is playing a pivotal role in Raila’s race to State House and is the Azimio Coalition patron.
Fifteen political parties allied to the Azimio La Umoja Movement have since endorsed Odinga for the presidency. The parties’ respective National Delegates Conference ratified the resolution to have Odinga vie for the presidency.
They include: Jubilee Party which is headed by President Kenyatta, ODM Party, Party of National Unity (PNU), Upya Movement which is associated with Treasury Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yattani and the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) linked to Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi.
Others are Democratic Action Party of Kenya (DAP-K) of Defense Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa, National Alliance Rainbow Coalition of Kitui Governor Charity Ngili, Maendeleo Chap Chap of Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua, Ubuntu’s Peoples’ Forum of Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui, and Kenya Union Party of West Pokot Governor John Lonyangapuo.
Pamoja African Alliance of Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi, Devolution Empowerment Party of Meru Governor Kiraitu Murungi, Muungano Party of Kenya of Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana, and United Democratic Movement of Mandera Governor Ali Roba are also supporting the Azimio Movement.