Those thinking that President Uhuru Kenyatta has lost his footing and will have very little or no influence in next year’s presidential contest are very wrong, Meru governor Kiraitu Murungi has said.
This has been the narrative among some political leaders from the President’s Mt Kenya backyard, mostly allies of his deputy William Ruto, who argue that Ruto has overtaken the president in the region.
But Kiraitu says that this is not the case and Uhuru is not a lame duck President as they might want Kenyans to believe, suggesting that he could soon make changes that could upset the political arena.
He says that people should not be looking down on the president, especially considering that he still has 10 months in office, which is enough for him to engineer a big change in the arena.
“He is the President and I believe in his leadership,” he said in North Imenti on Saturday.
He also made it clear that he has not made up his mind on who to support in the 2022 presidential race, adding that his meetings with aspirants should not be seen as endorsement of their candidatures.
This he said while clearing the air on reports that he has abandoned National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi, also an aspirant, in favour of ODM leader Raila Odinga, whom he recently met in Nairobi.
“My phone was overwhelmed by calls from many people all over the country after the Meru leaders meeting in Nairobi with ODM leader Raila Odinga,” he said, in reference to his meeting with Raila.