Uhuru secretly planning to send Raila home in 2022 – Speaker Muturi

President Uhuru Kenyatta and National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi. PHOTO/COURTESY

National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi has revealed that on three occasions President Uhuru Kenyatta has told him that he is planning to retire from politics in 2022 alongside Orange Democratic Movement leader Raila Odinga.

Speaking to The Standard, Muturi revealed that he has recently had several conversations with the President on various topics including his secret pact with the ODM chief.

The Speaker said that the handshake between Uhuru and Raila had nothing to do with 2022 succession politics noting that the two sorted to end a long feud between their families.

According to him, the two agreed that Raila would not seek to succeed President Kenyatta noting that Raila’s awaited December 9 announcement could be his declaration that he will not run for the presidency.

“Raila’s reluctance to declare his planned stab at the presidency is perhaps because of his retirement deal with Uhuru,” says Muturi.

Muturi, however, suggested that the ODM leader has been conducting rallies across the country because of the pressure he is receiving from his support base.

Muturi who has also declared his interest to vie for the top seat noted that though he is seeking President Uhuru’s endorsement, the Head of State is yet to make his decision on who he wishes to succeed him once he retires.

Muturi also admitted that the president had put a lot of hope in the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) to organise his success but he suffered a huge blow after the court rendered the initiative unconstitutional.

He also noted Uhuru’s pan has been further complicated by some One Kenya Alliance principals who have declined to support Raila’s presidency.

“Uhuru has not decided on who he will end up supporting in the General Election… He might surprise many by not siding with any candidate. He had hoped that the OKA principals would be united to help him build a formidable alliance for 2022,” Muturi said as reported by the Standard.

He said that though Uhuru is not comfortable with Ruto succeeding him, he had kept his reservation which he says are private.

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