- The Standard
Former Gatanga MP Peter Kenneth is banking on his close relationship with President Uhuru Kenyatta in his 2022 bid for the top seat.
The former Nairobi Gubernatorial aspirant has been recently taunted as the next kin pin in the Mount Kenya region, replacing Uhuru whose term ends in 2022.
Peter Kenneth, in an interview with Daily Nation, revealed that his closeness to the President will be a significant asset in the 2022 succession politics.File image of former Gatanga MP Peter Kenneth.
Uhuru is yet to officially endorse a presidential candidate as the handshake with former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and a coalition with Kanu's Gideon Moi set to further complicate succession politics.
Peter Kenneth cleared the air on reports that he fell out with Uhuru back in the 2013 General Elections when he run for presidency.
"We need not to read too much in the two of us striking a cooperation formula. The president has never been my political enemy and we have remained close.
"I hear others day I contested against him in 2013, yet the two of us are democrats," noted Peter Kenneth.
He also formed a team of Secretariat for his 2022 presidential ambitions as his handlers have started sprucing up the Democratic Congress (DC) party, chaired by Tom Mboya Jr, son of Kenya Trade Unionist Tom Mboya.
The party is set to be nerve centre for Peter Kenneth's campaigns as they plan to revamp their 24 offices across the country.
The former Gatanga MP is also set to establish PK Hub that is set to target Kenyans online and hopes to launch it sometime this week in Nairobi.
Former Maragua MP Elias Mbau, a close ally of Peter Kenneth revealed that meetings with Uhuru and the former Finance Minister were able to strike a deal.
"Kenneth, through respected Mt Kenya businesspeople and politicians was proposed to the president. He is the only son who has the experience, charisma and wealth to champion the region's agenda beyond 2022," he stated.
Peter Kenneth is set to receive competition in Mt Kenya region from Narc Kenya Party Leader Martha Karua and former Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri in his presidential bid.President Uhuru Kenyatta pictured during the 5th Extra-Ordinary summit on July 27, 2020.PSCU
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