It’s about two years to the next polls, but the race to succeed President Kenyatta is well and truly on. Supporters of the two main protagonists, Deputy President William Ruto and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga are sparing no effort to score political points. While Mr Odinga’s camp is betting on the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI), the Deputy President has latched onto the “savior” tag, packaging himself as a defender of the downtrodden.
The Dp is already characterizing the race as between himself and the ODM party chief even though Mr Odinga is yet to formally announce his bid for the top job.Mr Odinga’s brother, Dr Oburu Oginga and Jubilee Vice-Chairman David Murathe, have also hinted a fresh stab at the presidency for the man from Bondo. Firebrand trade unionist Francis Atwoli is also drumming up support for what would be Mr Odinga’s fifth try for the highest office.“This will be a contest between Ruto, a man with the support of the people, and Raila, a spent force. There are only two teams: One is with Uhuru, Raila and Gideon Moi and the other is with William Samoei Ruto and Kenyans,” former Machakos senator Johnson Muthama said.
The DP has hyped up his differences with Mr Odinga on the anti-corruption fight, insisting that the ODM leader had changed his stand. Another battlefront is the county revenue-sharing formula, where the Deputy President has positioned himself as the saviour of the marginalized counties in North Eastern and the Coast — Mr Odinga’s support base and strong holds. Ever since the handshake was made the DP has been against it. According to him, this was a bid to hinder him from the 2022 elections.
“They despise me. They think because I was once a chicken seller, I should never be President. Shock on them! Today, I want to tell them: These people you despise, the bodaboda man and the mama mboga , they are the people who will help us form the government in 2022,” the DP told an enthusiastic crowd in Kitengela in Kajiado County on Sunday.Follow us in social media: