Good morning fellow Kenyans,
We are exactly one and half years to the eve of the much anticipated and seemingly hotly contested general elections set for August 9, 2022, and calls for President Uhuru Kenyatta to name his preferred successor are growing louder each passing day.
But does Uhuru’s endorsement really matter? Would his backing be the determining factor on who becomes Kenya’s next president?
Most notably, Kenya’s longest-serving President the late Daniel Moi unsuccessfully campaigned for Uhuru-his then anointed successor in 2002-while Mwai Kibaki in 2013 avoided a public declaration, and he won.
Fast forward, President Kenyatta’s succession is without a doubt centred on his apparent political divorce from his deputy William Ruto and a plan to have a joint candidate, backed by the head of state, to oppose DP’s hustlers’ narrative that is dominating Kenya’s politics at the moment.
The DP himself mockingly urged leaders to seek the mandate of Kenyans instead of waiting for endorsements while adding that the same politicians have been opposing President Kenyatta since 2002.
Therefore, today we ask; do you think endorsements really work, and will Uhuru’s support be the game-changer in the 2022 presidential election?
Here are the stories making headlines on Opera News today:
New Twist As Tuju Finally Confirms Uhuru’s Stand on Ruto’s Impeachment
Jubilee Secretary General Raphael Tuju has finally broken his silence on the alleged impeachment of Deputy President William Ruto.
In a report by The Standard, the SG is said to have distanced the ruling party from claims of it being part of the impeachment plot that seeks to kick-out DP Ruto from office.
Panic as Terror Cops Arrest Sonko Aides, Search Houses
Police have intensified their crackdown on former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko, arresting aides, searching their houses and causing panic over allegations of terrorism activities.
Seven more aides were arrested on Friday and Saturday by plainclothes detectives, some outside City Hall, some from their Nairobi homes and some on the road. Panic spread among Sonko friends and supporters who feared they may be targeted.
Uhuru, Ruto Showdown as Parliament Resumes
Deputy President William Ruto will Monday meet more than 100 MPs as he prepares for a gruelling political duel with President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM boss Raila Odinga.
Ruto’s strategy meeting comes as Parliament reconvenes on Tuesday with a busy in-tray that could shape the 2022 presidential contest. The DP, under fire from nearly all political bigwigs including his boss Uhuru, is also staring at a possible impeachment motion that is sure to test his grip on Parliament.
Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha now wants teachers and prefects on duty held culpable for school fires. Do you think this will help in curbing the ever-rising arson attacks?