Uhuru Kenyatta Heeds Advice, A Shot in the Arm.August 9 | Posted by David Goldman | Intelligence News
A weak and skeptical central and and Eastern Kenya has coerced presidential aspirant and deputy prime minister of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta to court the old men of this village.
In June 4th 2012, we pointed out waning fortunes of the Kenyatta campaign in Central Kenya besides pinning the problem factoring this problem on key political players who have been successful in politics for decades.
Specifically, Uhuru had pushed away key political players such as Kiraitu Murungi, late George Saitoti’s PNU, Mutava Musyimi, and Kalonzo Musyoka among other old politicians who have a lot of say in areas of the Central Kenya.
These are not spent forces rather chieftains who command respect and following from their respective communities. The number of their followers combined is in millions. If added tongether with the Kikuyu votes, these are millions of votes lost; confirming in advance Uhuru Kenyatta strategy is failing.
However, Kenyatta has sought audience with them, mended fences and has been endorsed as the best bet for the presidency shot, which is a shot in the arm.
Kiraitu Murungi’s APK, Amos Kimunya’s PNU, and Mwangi Kiunjuri’s GNU have rallied around Mr Kenyatta’s TNA and declared their support.
Kenyatta has also brought renegade Eugene Wamalwa back to the fold though Wamalwa’s political clout and overall capacity is less significant rather symbolic to national politics.
The read deal is Musalia Mudavandi, the man who holds sway in Western Kenya and even in Kenya middle and business class, muddying Kenyatta’s ambitions.
To fix this Achilles foot, Kenyatta requires a more strategic approach to conquer the western and Rift Valley to gunner a strong support and secure a win.