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Uhuru: We have never for one day spoken with Raila about 2022
By Waweru Titus | Updated Dec 30, 2018 at 11:34 EAT
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Uhuru Kenyatta, Raila Odinga [Courtesy]
SUMMARY

President Uhuru Kenyatta has dismissed reports that he is interested in the 2022 General Election

The President also addressed issues touching on corruption in Government, Kenya’s debt burden and the education curriculum debacle

President Uhuru Kenyatta has dismissed reports that he is interested in the 2022 General Election.

Speaking on Friday in Mombasa, President Uhuru rubbished the 2022 succession politics indicating his focus was achieving the vision 2030.

The President pointed out that he has never talked about succession politics with Opposition leader Raila Odinga.

"We have never for one day spoken with Raila about 2022. We are talking about things that we believe if we can fix them, then we are fixing them for generations to come. We are focusing on the development agenda reaching out across political lines,” said Uhuru.

“We have come to term with one another that we cannot allow the type of politics we have been playing to continue. Why are people bringing 2022 politics when we just came from an election?” Uhuru asked.

While answering journalists’ questions at the State House in Mombasa, Uhuru stressed that Kenyans should focus and help leaders to develop the country.

“Do not ask me anything about 2022, let those who want to talk about it talk, not me, am not there, my focus is on 2030,” he stated.

The Head of State further distanced himself from Jubilee Vice-chairperson David Murathe's take that the Deputy President William Ruto should forget the presidency come 2022.

“Those talking about the MoU are talking on their behalf, as far as I am concerned, we have our party and we will have our plans later on, like the other will have their plans," Uhuru pointed out.

The President also addressed issues touching on corruption in Government, Kenya’s debt burden and the education curriculum debacle.

Murathe and former Mukurweini MP Kabando wa Kabando stated on Wednesday there was no Memorandum of Understanding with Deputy President William Ruto, which guarantees him their support in 2022.

“We don’t have a MoU with anyone to support them in 2022. If they agreed that with President Kenyatta, that is their problem. Let us meet at the ballot,” Murathe fired.

Murathe’s sentiments did not go well with DP Ruto allies as they fired back threatening to oust him from the Jubilee Party.

 Ruto's allies accused Murathe of misusing the party and vowed to gang up to remove him in the next Jubilee Party's National Executive Council (NEC) meeting.

“Murathe does not deserve any attention because of his unbecoming character. As the real stakeholders of Jubilee Party, we will throw him out.

“We are concerned at how he is handling the affairs of the party and his prolonged stay is likely to affect our country’s unity. Murathe does not control even one per cent of the Kikuyu community. His sentiments are an attempt to make him relevant,” said Keiyo South MP Daniel Rono on Thursday.



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