Baringo Senator Gideon Moi is a man who is silently working on a mission.To be president, one has to get a formidable team behind him, a team ready to wage fierce war to the top. Even though to the public Moi says he does not want to engage in 2022 politics, a number of covert moves are being made by the politician hoping to succeed President Uhuru in 2022.
Over the past month alone, Moi has met teams allied to country’s top politicians, Raila Odinga, Musalia Mudavadi and Kalonzo. Although the Senator is yet to declare his candidature, his political exploits point to a man determined of going the whole to clinch the top seat in 2022.
Less than two weeks ago, Gideon was in Kitui County where he linked up with Wiper Party leader and former VP Kalonzo Musyoka, a key political figure who served under former President Daniel Moi as Minister for Home Affairs.What was evident during the fundraiser is that the Kanu chairman, also son of former President Daniel arap Moi, is keen to reach out to leaders who worked closely with his father during his 24-year-rule to bolster his political network.A tactic the politician hopes will handsomely pay off.
Salat said his boss will continue with his mission to market the independence party but quickly added that Kanu is not engaging in early presidential campaigns as many would want to believe.
“My chairman has been holding meetings with delegations of like minded political leaders, elders and other key stakeholders at the grassroots level,” he said of Gideon’s recent political exploits across the country.The independence party met all its elected leaders and party officials yesterday as it moved to activate its countrywide political machinery.
“Our chairman has been in Nyanza, Western, Mt Kenya and Mombasa to talk to leaders and this weekend, we will converge in Rift Valley for a key meeting,” Salat said, adding that the meeting has nothing to do with 2022 presidential succession.
At the Kitui fundraiser, Kalonzo said he was already working with the Kanu chairman to bring positive change in the country. He revealed that during his visit to Moi’s Kabarak home in Nakuru, the former President asked him to work with Gideon.
“When I visited Mzee Moi accompanied by Senator (Enock) Wambua and my son Kennedy, Mzee Moi told me to work with Senator Moi and President Kenyatta. Those were precisely Mzee’s words, the only thing he didn’t tell us is how to do it,” said Kalonzo.
Kalonzo is one of the key political figures who have access to Moi’s Kabarak home in Nakuru County, where the former president lives.Tiaty MP William Kamket, a staunch supporter of Gideon, acknowledged that the Kanu chairman is on the right track in terms of building new political networks, reaching out to other like minded politicians and strengthening the party.
“Gideon is on the right track. He is currently the talk of Kenya and with no doubt, he will succeed President Kenyatta in 2022.He has attracted a number of elected leaders from Jubilee, he is reaching to grassroots leaders, members of the business community and other stakeholders in other parts of the country,” he said.
In his Rift Valley backyard, Gideon is working closely with Elgeyo Marakwet Governor Alex Tolgos, Moiben MP Sila Tiren, Cherangany’s Joshua Kuttuny, Nandi Hills’ Alfred Keter and former Eldama Ravine MP Musa Sirma.Others are CCM leaders Isaac Rutto and Zedekiah Bundotich alias Buzeki.