President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga’s move of uniting the country through a countrywide meet the people tour has received a major boost after Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka and Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho expressed their willingness to join the two when they embarked on their long-awaited Mt. Kenya tour.
The organizers of the much-anticipated tour are taking nothing to chance after reports emerged that the two are preparing to escort Uhuru and Raila to a region that had earlier been considered a hostile ground for the President and his handshake team.
Also on the rumoured to be on the president’s entourage include Embrace Movement group, which consists mainly of women leaders who have come out to support and popularize the handshake gospel across the country.
The tour comes at a time when the President has lost his cool nature, recently running out of control rebuking some of Mt. Kenya’s legislators who had defied his directive against early campaigns in the country before 2022.
We shall continue offering our support to both President H.E Uhuru Kenyatta and former Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Raila Amollo Odinga in the pursuit of uniting this great nation | @StateHouseKenya @RailaOdinga pic.twitter.com/WDCxURyxn3
— Governor Hassan Joho (@HassanAliJoho) June 5, 2019
On Sunday at an Akorino meeting in Kasarani, Uhuru castigated people engaging in 2022 succession campaigns and vowed to teach them a lesson. The President according to analysts, was angry with Mt Kenya leaders and in particular William Ruto’s Tanga-tanga team because they do not support his decisions.
Uhuru’s visit to the central region comes with a package of advantages after the Ipsos opinion Synovate poll showed that 80 percent of the Kenyans support the handshake with a majority of those supporting it coming from the Rift Valley and the Central regions.
Interestingly, Hassan Joho’s coastal region according to the poll research which was conducted between April 15 and April 18 showed that the region leads with a higher number of people who had never heard about the handshake or the events surrounding it.
The poll results come contrary to the reports that Mt. Kenya region was not happy with president Kenyatta’s association with opposition chief Raila Odinga turning his back on his Deputy William Ruto who had stood with him in times of need.
The growing rebellion from the region had even forced Uhuru to postponed his initial visits to Central Kenya with intelligence reports indicating that the region was not ready to receive the son of the soil. Uhuru’s determination to force his way to central has been read as a clear sign to show his deputy William Ruto that he is still in control of his region and that he remains their kingpin.
The President through his furious remarks termed the Tanga-tanga group as mikora, loosely translated as crooks, and promised to go around Mount Kenya to deal with them.
Kalonzo Muyoka together with Ali Hassan Joho are both looking forward to Raila’s endorsement in 2022 with each openly expressing their will to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta under Nasa ticket when his term comes to an end in 2022.
Despite this, Raila Odinga has not officially announced his exit from active politics with high probability that the ODM boss will try his luck once again for the fifth time in 2022. His team led by Siaya Senator James Orengo had been advocating for Uhuru’s endorsement on Raila ahead of 2022.
President Uhuru is currently sandwiched between a hard rock on whether to reward his loyal Deputy William Ruto or his newly found ‘brother’ Raila Odinga comes 2022. By the look of things, Raila Odinga currently stands a higher chance to be endorsed over Ruto but as they say, a day is long enough for any eventualities in politics, only time will tell.