In Summary
  • He said the politicians going around talking about his succession plan were misrepresenting facts and spreading bad rumours.
  • Sources say President Kenyatta was emphatic on his support for the BBI, as it would end the tensions and fight for State House.

Details of a private meeting President Uhuru Kenyatta held with some Rift Valley leaders in Nakuru last Tuesday evening are coming out, with pointers that he is out to clear opposition to the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI), especially in his traditional support bases.

Sources who attended the meeting said that from the President’s address and body language he is a man who wants to fashion his succession, especially in the Mt Kenya region, quite unlike his predecessor Mwai Kibaki, who just faded away.

The Saturday Nation has established that President Kenyatta told politicians and the Kikuyu Council of Elders that anyone who dares stand in the way of his legacy projects by constant bickering will find it rough in the coming days.

“He said he will not work with Tangatanga politicians who are roaming the country making noise, and he will go to the grassroots and listen to the problems of the citizens and sell his government agenda,” said a source.

RUTO ALLIES SIDELINED

The warning directed at Tangatanga is understood by observers to be meant to cut his deputy William Ruto to size, after he defied him on halting early campaigns.

The President is said to have specifically tasked the elders with helping explain what the BBI is all about and reassured them not to worry about the fate of their community, as this would be well taken care of in the final document.

The forum, which was not open to Tangatanga leaders from the region, who openly support DP Ruto, brought together at least 400 elders at Gicheha Farm in Rongai owned by the Kenyatta family.

KINYANJUI'S BACKTRACK

Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui, who played a key role in organising the meeting, in an apparent reference to President Kenyatta’s handover of power, allegedly said the sword is too sharp to be entrusted to another leader from outside the community in its current form.

“The leadership sword is very sharp and needs to be blunted a bit before we can hand it over to another person whose behaviour on assuming the mantle of power can’t be predicted,” he reportedly said, in what is understood to mean suggestions to expand the Executive.

But on Friday, and on realising the details of the meeting had leaked out, Governor Kinyanjui disowned the “sword” remark, saying: “There is no such statement I made at Gicheha Farm. I don’t know where such kind of short-sightedness is coming from. It’s not true and I disown it.”

HANDOVER OF POWER

He added: “People should stop stretching their creativity into issues that don’t exist.”

Coming at a time when President Kenyatta has launched a campaign to regain his foothold in the Mt Kenya region, the allies of DP Ruto have every reason to worry.

Jubilee MPs such as Moses Kuria have in the past accused him of neglecting his people, and Mr Kenyatta earlier in the week announced a raft of measures he said would put money in the pockets of farmers, most of whom are his supporters.

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