There are fears that an outright rebellion against the president by his most trusted allies may now be boiling under the surface following Jubilee’s humiliating loss in the Kiambaa by-election.
Kenyan intellectual Policy advisor and strategist Peter Kagwanja’s latest statement attacking Uhuru has left people wondering whether the much talked about impending exodus by Kieleweke members from Jubilee in open defiance of the president has finally began.
Not only is Kagwanja a close associate of the president and also his fierce defender, but when he speaks, CS Monica Juma may as well have spoken, by virtue of being his wife, as well as close confidant.
This is why it has been a matter of great concern among the president’s allies after Kagwanja expressed his unexpected sentiments.
Following the president’s party, Jubilee’s loss, in Kiambaa, Peter Kagwanja was among the first people to write a mocking tweet that effectively referred to the president as a lame duck president.
Even as #Kiambaa ushers the Uhuru Presidency to its lame duck moment, the by-election has spelt doom for @Ruto’s presidential ambition. He needs an emphatic win (over 90%) votes from the Mountains to clinch the Presidency. #KiambaaDecide is way below this.
Later on in a subsequent interview with a leading newspaper, he unapologetically doubled down on these views.
When asked to comment on Jubilee’s loss in Kiambaa, Kagwanja said the loss was since Uhuru did not go to campaign for the Jubilee candidate. ”Had he gone, the story would have been different.”
“Even if he didn’t just go to campaign but took development. The people of Mt Kenya listen to him but you can’t speak to one who is not talking,” he said.
“People are assuming he has nothing to do with politics but this means his presidency has entered a lame-duck phase early.”
Kagwanja holds that many MPs would be scampering to UDA with the poll outcome eating into the merger between ODM and Jubilee.
“Why would you want to merge with a party that is losing? I weep for our people as our politics has entered a crossroad,” he said.