Let them plan for 2022 hoping God does not have different ideas
SEE ALSO :Uhuru's tax gamble that enraged KenyansThe other reality is that we have to assume all the political actors currently on the campaign blitz for the office do not realise that we are four years away; or that an unknown hand could get them off the starting blocks and so they will be there on the day Kenyans make the big decision in 2022; or that we all will also be there to take part in the crucial decision. We also have to assume that President Uhuru Kenyatta will not be the cunning African leader, who finding himself having to hand over the sweet instruments of power before he turns 60, decides to do on us what some of his friends are calling a "KaPutin". In short, as we saw in that revelatory recording of former Kamukunji MP Samuel Mbugua, plan is afoot to change the Constitution (a move which Deputy President William Ruto has tellingly opposed) through a referendum and thereby create an office for Uhuru like Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has done. The conspiracy, it is whispered, is to create the powerful Office of Prime Minister ostensibly to accommodate Raila Odinga when in actual fact, it is Uhuru’s ‘soft-landing’ after 2022. That means Ruto and Raila, and any other candidate will have to fight for the titular Office of the President whose powers will have migrated to a new office that would allow Central Kenya's political power-house to still hold on to the yam and knife. For this to work, we have to make another assumption that since we are seemingly treating power games in Kenya as merely the issue of the ‘tyranny of Kelenjin and Kikuyu’ numbers, the rest of the 40 plus ethnic groups may not close ranks and consign Ruto’s ethnic community and that of Mzee Jomo Kenyatta’s son to the political periphery. In politics, they say, nothing is impossible. After all, it is itself "the art of the possible". There are already signs that this resentment could be building up and it does not help matters that Ruto has, in his disdain for Raila has put his politically decisive and overly conscious Luo community, at the bottom of his. In fact, questions have been asked why Ruto, who stands to inherit Raila’s constituency should he retire with Uhuru, has been the most virulent and condescending towards their leader than Uhuru. Something else comes to mind here; will Uhuru and his populous community stand by Ruto to reciprocate his support in 2013 and 2017, and hand him the seat on a silver platter? The fact that many Kalenjin political leaders have discerned Uhuru’s new and suspect war on corruption (in that it is anchored on selective amnesia) to be the training of guns on Ruto speaks volumes on where this relationship could be headed. But as an insurance against any form of relegation, Ruto has declared himself a ‘hustler’ and is conscripting an army of ‘hustlers’ around himself. This also is seen as a ploy against the opponents from the ‘royalty’ families.