I have heard some people suggest that President Uhuru Kenyatta is preparing CS FredÂ Matiangâ€™iÂ to succeed him inÂ 2022
To justify this, they cite the remarksÂ heÂ made while on a tour of Nyeri
I have heard some people suggest that President Uhuru Kenyatta is preparing Cabinet Secretary FredÂ Matiangâ€™iÂ to succeed him inÂ 2022. To justify this, they cite the remarksÂ heÂ made while on a tour of Nyeri. Uhuru said that when the right time comes,Â heÂ will make his stand known and his choice will shock many.
So whenÂ heÂ elevatedÂ Matiangâ€™iÂ to chair the National DevelopmentÂ Implementation and Communication Cabinet Committee, many interpreted this to mean the CSÂ couldÂ be one of his favourite choices. But for now these claims cannot be ascertained.
For me, the decision by the President had nothing to do with the succession. It was rather meant to appoint one of his allies, who would work closely with CSs and other top Government officials in ensuringÂ heÂ realises his legacy.
The implementation of his â€˜Big Fourâ€™ tops his agenda. Though under the new Constitution the presidency is composed of two holders - the President and his deputy - most Kenyans are yet to grasp and accept this reality. They believe if things go wrong, the buck stops with the President. If those sabotaging Uhuruâ€™s agenda - God forbid - would have their way, one would expect a number of scenarios to come up.
In a classic case of betrayal, the Jubilee MPs leaning towards DP Ruto are likely to abandon the President and turn the narrative of his â€˜failuresâ€™ into DPâ€™s favour. Look, the DP was not in charge and â€˜hehad been sidelinedâ€™ by the Uhuru camp. If you elect him,Â heÂ would do â€˜betterâ€™.
Again, if Uhuru succeeds, they would capitalize on this to drum support for the DP. They are likely to say this. Kenyatta succeeded because the DP supported the â€˜Big Fourâ€™ agenda. The DP was his chief adviser and soÂ heÂ played his constitutional role of being principal assistant to him very well.
So, whichever the outcome, it will be a win-win for them.Â To me, the President was fully aware of this. That is whyÂ heÂ pickedÂ Matiangâ€™iÂ to supervise and oversee the implementation of national programmes and projects.Â HeÂ couldÂ no longer trust the DPâ€™s allies because their minds were focused on succession politics.
SinceÂ heÂ was appointed in 2013,Â Matiangâ€™iÂ has become a household name because of his no nonsense stand and commitment to work. This has earned him trust and confidence from the President. Yes, for now, it is not known whetherÂ Matiangâ€™iÂ is harboring presidential ambitions. But ifÂ heÂ opts toÂ run, I want to disagree with those sayingÂ heÂ does not pose any threat.Â HeÂ couldÂ pullÂ aÂ surprise.
Sample this;Â heÂ is the most favored candidate, fronted by key players in Jubilee and opposition, would you tell meÂ heÂ wonâ€™t make? Having curved a niche for himself and coupled with this support,Â heÂ stands a very high chance of winning.Â
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