Musalia Mudavadi’s allies have united with their colleagues in Deputy President William Ruto’s camp in attacking President Uhuru Kenyatta for allegedly trying to influence the 2022 presidential race.
The joint criticism of the president comes less than a week after Amani National Congress (ANC) party leader Mudavadi defended DP Ruto and hit back at the President over his remarks in Nakuru asking the youths against being cheated that the old cant lead the nation.
Both ANC and Ruto’s United Democratic Alliance (UDA) have perceived the president’s sentiment as that which was pushing for Raila’s presidency come next year.
“For the sake of national unity, a sitting president will always want to determine his successor, which is not bad… the president has his own choice but it would be prudent if he leaves it to Kenyans to decide because he is a unifying factor before and after elections,” ANC deputy party leader Ayub Savula said.
“He should play neutral and continue implementing government programmes,” he added.
Savula claimed that President Uhuru is likely to jeopardize Raila’s winning chances if he publicly declares his support for him.
“He should support him secretly, for the sake of the country’s unity. Campaign openly for Raila is going to interfere with the chances of ODM winning. This is why we have told Mudavdi to stay focused on the ball,” he said.
Malava MP Malulu Injendi, a member of ANC, revealed that OKA principals are unhappy with President Uhuru’s involvement in 2022 politics.
Ruto’s allies also asked the President to desist from influencing his successor
“The president should not try to influence who will be elected to succeed him by doing everything to organise the former National Super Alliance principals. If they cannot organise themselves, please leave them alone, Willian Ruto is well prepared,” Soy MP Caleb Kositany said.
Another Ruto’s ally, Turkana Governor Josphat Nanok asked the President to be friendly to all political quarters and should not favour one side.