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Why President Uhuru Kenyatta is mute on political matters

Category : Politics | Sub Category : | Posted on: 2019-11-09 08:49:31


Why President Uhuru Kenyatta is mute on political matters

President Uhuru Kenyatta is concentrating much on building his legacy than engaging in politics of confrontation. He is more keen in delivering his big four agenda and uniting Kenyans. His silence is too loud on the political front.

 Handshake politics

The much hyped march 2019 handshake with his erstwhile political nemesis Raila Odinga was the turning point in Kenya politics. The head of state is now keener in maintaining his friendship with Raila and that is why he remained aloof from the Kibra campaigns, despite the fact that Jubilee had a candidate eyeing for the Kibra seat.

The building bridges initiative, popularly referred as BBI, which was the brainchild of the handshake seeks to bring harmony and restore sanity in the country devoid of acrimonious political divisions. Jubilee is still divided over BBI, thus creating new fissures within the ruling party. The party is split into two- the ‘Tangatanga’ and ‘Kieleweke’. Team Tangatanga under the stewardship of the Deputy President William Ruto is against the BBI, while team Kieleweke is supporting BBI and the handshake in its entirety.

Succession politics

William Ruto’s supporters feel betrayed and are foreseeing a scenario of attempts to mutilate the Deputy President from ascendancy to power. Bitter rivalry within Jubilee is slowly brewing as 2022 draws nigh. 

As the adage would have it, there are no permanent friends or enemies in politics; only permanent interest exists.  New alliances are in the offing as political realignments take shape. Kibra mini polls exposed the new formations going on behind the curtain.

The entry of Ann Waiguru, Kivutha Kibwana , Charity Ngilu, Alfred Mutua among other bigwigs who joined Raila in trumpeting support to ODM’s candidate came as a surprise. 

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