With only two days before the much anticipated Sagana meeting where the president is scheduled to meet Central Kenya leaders, the latest statement by the head of state is sure to send shivers of discomfort to all who expected a walk in the park on Saturday.
Just like the legendary boxing promoter Don King who would whet people’s appetite before an upcoming bout by dropping hints of what to expect, Uhuru adopted an almost comical but yet menacing tone, when he promised a more abrasive form of himself before he finally completes his term.
He was speaking in Ngong, during the commissioning of the construction of a Leadership Police Academy, and 210 housing units.
“Today I do not want to politic but yes we must politic. There are some people who look at me and think I have nothing I can do since my time is up; but I want to remind them that even though my time is almost up, I still have some days to roar like a lion”
Uhuru’s latest remarks are bound to evoke sentiments arising from a similar meeting two years ago.
The upcoming Sagana meeting will be the third one. The first was held in 2016, while the second one was held in 2019.
The second one was especially stormy, with Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria revealing that legislators were given shoddy treatment, and subjected to disrespect. Kuria sensationally claimed that they were told to remove their shoes before walking into the park where the president was scheduled to address them. As if this wasn’t enough, Kuria said, they were then forced to seat down in the grass, from where they were expected to listen to the head of state.
Nevertheless, it is worth noting that quite a number of dynamics have changed since the last meeting, and now.
While in Sagana two there was already a split in the party, the rift hadn’t degenerated into the open war that it later did, and which saw a purge in the ruling party’s top leadership. Thus, it is likely that Ruto-allied MPs will give the meeting a wide berth.