Uhuru: I am not mad to bypass my deputy and settle on Raila whom I hated

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President Uhuru Kenyatta earlier in the week at a meeting with leaders from Western Kenya said he had reasons, which shall be made public at the right time, why he is supporting Raila Odinga for the presidency and not his deputy William Ruto – a person he has run the Jubilee government together with from 2013.

While addressing the gathering comprising senior government officials, senators, MPs, and governors at State House in Nairobi, the Head of State said he was not mad to settle on Mr. Odinga, someone he has been at political loggerheads with almost his entire life and that his decision came after a thorough soul searching.

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” I am not mad to wake up one day to settle on a man whom I have hated almost all my life and bypass my own deputy. Do you people think I arrived at the decision without thorough soul-searching? I have my reasons that I will soon tell Kenyans but at an appropriate time,” the President said.

According to MPs who attended the Tuesday meeting, the Head of State also said it was time the presidency was opened up to other communities and not just the Kikuyus and Kalenjins who have been at the helm from independence, as the two regions are more developed compared to the rest of the country because they have held the presidency.

“The President said the two communities that have ruled this country appear to be far ahead of the rest of Kenyans and it is time we open up the leadership to other communities, which we totally agree with,” Democratic Action Party Kenya (DAP-K) Secretary-General Eseli Simiyu said of the Tuesday meeting. 

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The Tongaren MPs remarks were backed by Jubilee Party Deputy Secretary-General Joshua Kutuny who went ahead to further reveal President Uhuru will be hitting the ground to face his political opponents as well as drum up support for Raila Odinga’s presidential bid.

”He committed himself that he would be at the centre of the political future and he did also mention that yes, he had requested leaders and Kenyans to give him time to work on his development agenda and now that it is an electioneering year, he is also going to play politics,” the Cherang’any MP revealed.

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