In the past few days, the president Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy Dr William Ruto have exchanged words at each other over the succession politics.
In the event he overestimates his influence in Central and the larger Mt Kenya region, the President will occasion voter apathy that will work against his preferred pick, again putting him in a tricky corner.
Since the 2018 political rapprochement, the President has preferred to back Mr Odinga from the sidelines to avoid infecting the curse of incumbency, but it appears this strategy has now been shelved.
A win for DP Ruto would present Mr Kenyatta with a relations crisis. Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua, an ardent defender of DP Ruto, said any attempt to sell Mr Odinga will attract negativity against the President.
Murang’a Senator Irungu Kang’ata, who was fired as Senate Majority Whip last year for as sociating with the DP, says the anticipated campaign tour will be “inconsequential because people have already decided on how they will vote”.
Senator Kang’ata says the President does not scare DP Ruto’s supporters, arguing that the ground has shifted to favour his estranged deputy.
“We’re only fearful of wastage of govern ment resources in an endeavour to hoist a project known as Baba (Mr Odinga). We are fearful of what Baba can do with power. His Excellency’s decision will enable us to unveil Baba in his true colours a state project,” he said.
Uhuru Kenyatta’s ally Ngunjiri Wambugu disagreed with the sentiments by Ruto’s Ally as he said, mount Kenya people will listen to the president on his preferred successor since they will not be fielding a candidate.