As 2022 presidential election fast approaches, the race to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta has gained momentum with influential government officials allegedly playing a key role in the succession politics.
Eight political leaders who are being backed up by various President Uhuru’s allies and State House operatives include to succeed the head of state include; ODM leader Raila Odinga, ANC boss Musalia Mudavadi, Interior CS Fred Matiang’i, Deputy president William Ruto, Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka, Kanu chairman Gideon Moi, ex-Unctad secretary general Mukhisa Kituyi and Speaker Justin Muturi.
Some of Uhuru’s allies who had backed Raila for president in 2022 include; Murathe, Kenneth and Kamanda.
However, the emergence of the so-called sacred alliance of ANC boss Musalia, Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka, Gideon and Ford Kenya’s Moses Wetang’ula is said to be part of a strategy to dump Raila.
The plans, some being executed without the President’s knowledge are said to be behind the push to wreck the handshake and ruin Raila’s 2022 Presidential dream.
This comes after ODM secretary general Edwin Sifuna on Monday accused the state of aiding Mudavadi’s presidential bid in the Matungu by-election.
“ODM had no expectation at all that we would be supported by the government in these by-elections or that Uhuru will say Raila tosha in 2022. Our biggest complaint in Matungu is that state machinery was used to prop up Musalia Mudavadi,” Sifuna said.
However, Raila’s supporters have long believed the President would anoint him as his successor.
Former Cabinet minister Franklin Bett on Monday admitted that there could be influential government officials who are keen on influencing Uhuru’s succession.
The Former State House comptroller also noted that the deep state who are bent to influence who becomes the president exist.
“The deep state is the real monster when it comes to who becomes president,” Bett said.
“The deep state can deal with anyone in a manner that one would lose. It is clear that the system is gravitating towards Gideon Moi at the moment,” the former Kanu insider said.
National Assembly Majority Leader Amos Kimunya said the handshake was not about 2022.
“If you talk to the two [Uhuru and Raila], they will tell you they have never discussed 2022 elections. Both of them have come out clearly, so how do you get shortchanged when he is not part of the equation?” Kimunya asked.
“There are people who want to create that impression so that Raila’s followers lose direction and then they don’t give us much support to the BBI the way they should.” he added
Siaya Senator James Orengo and Rarieda Member of Parliament Otiende Amollo on Saturday claimed that there are senior government officials who are planning to to block Raila from succeeding the president.
“There is a cabal inside government who are busy charting who will rule Kenya next year; this is just a warning shot because we are going to expose them. And I am telling them without Raila Odinga you could not be planning that issue of succession,” Orengo said.
Deputy President William Ruto has however parted ways with President Uhuru after he was accused of involving himself in early political campaign at the expense of serving Kenyans under Jubilee Government.