Uhuru has right to choose who will succeed him in 2022 – Kithure Kindiki
Tharaka Nithi Senator Kithure Kindiki has said President Uhuru Kenyatta has a right to choose who will succeed him next year.
Kindiki said former NASA principals also have a right to seek endorsement from the President.
"The implication, however, is that the candidate so identified will clearly be a State Project. The people of Kenya may choose either to agree or disagree with the State Project," he said.
This comes after reports that the President is set meet Raila Odinga (ODM), Musalia Mudavadi (ANC), Moses Wetangula (Ford Kenya), Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper) and Gideon Moi(KANU) at State House on Thursday August 19.
Multiple sources told People Daily that when Uhuru met the principals in Mombasa on August 10, he prevailed upon them to work in unity and ensure they form a formidable alliance ahead of the polls.
Sources intimated that it was the President’s wish that the members of the One Kenya Alliance (OKA) drop their bids in favour of his ‘Handshake’ partner Raila.
However, the OKA principals are said to have stood their ground that should they accept Raila in their alliance, he must come as an equal partner and not the best among equals.
During the 2017 elections, Raila, Kalonzo, Wetangula and Mudavadi last election teamed up under the National Super Alliance (Nasa) but their parties and supported Raila as its presidential candidate but have since pulled out of the coalition, rendering it dead.
It is apparent that Uhuru wants the leaders back together but under Raila for the 2022 General Election where they are expected to face Deputy President William Ruto.