The number of leaders endorsing President Uhuru Kenyatta to extend his leadership by seeking to become the prime minister through the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) on constitutional reforms, is growing,
The latest politician to add her voice to the calls to the President to rethink his wish to retire when his second and final five-year term ends in 2022 is Nominated Senator Beth Mugo.
Mugo, who is the President’s first cousin, joins leaders such as former Jubilee Party vice-chairman David Murathe and trade union leader Francis Atwoli. They argue that the President is still young and energetic enough to serve the country for a few more years.
But Kandara MP Alice Wahome believes that this is part of a scheme by the President to use his cronies to deliver the message and test the ground.
Speaking in Malindi, the MP accused the President of hypocrisy and dumping Deputy President William Ruto.
“If Uhuru were not interested in going on beyond 2022, he would have silenced Mugo, Atwoli, Murathe and others.
“We understand he and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga are working on a power deal that will leave Ruto out,” Wahome said.
Building Bridges Initiative
The two are said to be riding on their political deal popularly known as the “handshake” to push Ruto out of the 2022 presidential contest.
Through the BBI, the duo are said to be laying foundation for constitutional amendments to suit them.
The BBI report proposes a powerful President and a prime minister elected by MPs.
However, as the report was unveiled, Uhuru and Raila said more opinions would be welcomed this year.
DP Ruto’s allies feel the two have bigger plans to use to acquire power.
They hold that BBI changes will give the prime minister more powers than the President who they believe will be only ceremonial.
According to their assessment, the PM will be elected through Parliament and not the popular vote.
This has angered Ruto’s allies who maintain either the premier or the President must be elected by all Kenyans.
What is fuelling their dissatisfaction is talk that Uhuru will be the PM and Raila the President in the new dispensation.
Through their Tangatanga and Inua Mama political groupings, they are putting up a tough fight.
Some have criticised the President directly despite being members of the Jubilee Party, which he leads.
The critics include MPs Wahome (Kandara), and Oscar Sudi (Kapsaret) and Nandi Senator Samson Cherargei.
Some of them have even challenged the President to resign.