By Isaac Ongiri
Raphael Tuju resigned as presidential advisor on ethnic and media relations on Friday, and is on Sunday expected to join the presidential race.
But the former Minister for Foreign Affairsâ plot is already being seen as a State Houseâs strategy to scuttle Prime Minister Raila Odingaâs 2012 game plan. Former foreign Affairs minister Raphael Tuju
Former foreign Affairs minister Raphael Tuju
State House operatives are said to have masterminded Tujuâs resignation, as part of a plan to have an alternative candidate if Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyattaâs charges at the International Criminal Court are confirmed. Confirmation hearings of cases facing Uhuru, Head of Public Service Francis Muthaura, former Police Commissioner Hussein Ali, former Cabinet ministers William Ruto, Henry Kosgey and radio presenter, Joshua arap Sangâ are set for next month.
And the President accepted the resignation of a most loyal defender outside Central Province.
This gave room for Tujuâs big day this morning. He is expected to announce his 2012 presidential bid as an independent candidate.
"Yes, I have resigned as the Presidentâs advisor. I will make an important announcement on Sunday at 11am," Tuju told The Standard On Sunday.
Tujuâs entry is seen as plot to change the game for the Prime Minister seen as the favourite against rivals under the G-7 banner. A clique of the Presidentâs advisors expects the Kikuyu nation to embrace a Tuju presidency, as an alternative to Uhuruâs.
To them, another Kikuyu candidate running just after President Kibakiâs 10-year rule is mission impossible.
"They have been trying to persuade Uhuru to tone down so that someone from another community can be supported then we can get it back later, but he has refused," said an official from Harambee House.