In Summary
  • A partnership between Mr Kenyatta and Mr Odinga, especially with the benefits of incumbency, is politically lethal.
  • He pacified the country and got a chance to take the political high ground, where he is seen to be fighting corruption and unifying and developing the nation.

The Kieleweke and Tanga Tanga drama is a storm in a tea cup. The election is not until 2022 and the debate is not about how our lives will be made better, the tax burden lighter and the future of our children brighter.

It is mainly jostling for power and influence within the political class.

And I believe, and I could be wrong, that the money being used to run around the country, print T-shirts, buy protesters and so on is straight out of our taxes.

From my armchair, it appears as if Deputy President William Ruto enjoys the support of many elected leaders in central Kenya.

President Uhuru Kenyatta’s governor in Kiambu, Mr Ferdinand Waititu, sings the Ruto chorus.

COUP

Hell, Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria, one of Mr Kenyatta’s earliest and most fanatical court poets, is now reading from the Ruto anthology! So, what’s going on and why shouldn’t we care?

Allow me to speculate. This is my own personal theory — for your entertainment, not information. Don’t sue me if it’s wrong (it most likely is).

I think Dr Ruto has executed a brilliant, well-timed political coup against Mr Kenyatta, calculated to render the President politically irrelevant and push him into a lame-duck mode early in the second term.

That places the DP in pole position to succeed Mr Kenyatta — and on his own terms.

That would mean Dr Ruto would not need Mr Kenyatta to get elected and would, therefore, be entirely his own man, beholden to no one.

In this scenario is an interesting twist of fates, where the President would serve at his deputy’s pleasure.

SUPPORTERS

It boggles the mind the strategy and sheer resources required to recruit and finance the nomination and election of such a huge number of governors, senators, MPs and MCAs in Central. It speaks of a very committed politician with a huge war chest.

I don’t know whether the ground — as they call it — in Central is with Mr Kenyatta or Dr Ruto.

But having been around for a while, I’d not write off Mr Kenyatta in Central.

If he got out, worked hard and mobilised his political base, he would have few problems getting the voters behind him.

But what he needs is not the support of voters; he is not in an election.

It is numbers in Parliament, so that he can implement his agenda and stay in office.

And to manage his exit, so that he remains politically relevant and influential in retirement — assuming, of course, he does not have a power extension scheme under his sleeve.

POWER

Was the pre-emptive strike against the President an inspired move or a monumental blunder?

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