Insiders Reveal How Uhuru, Raila Plan to Share Power in Azimio Govt

  • President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga at Bomas of Kenya
    President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga at Bomas of Kenya on November 19 2019 during the launched of BBI report.
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  • On Wednesday, February 23,  President Uhuru Kenyatta officially endorsed the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) Party Leader, Raila Odinga to succeed him as the Head of State at the Sagana 3 meeting.

    The declaration confirmed speculation of Jubilee and ODM working together under the Azimio la Umoja umbrella. Speaking to the media, insiders in Azimio have revealed how Uhuru and Odinga will share power in the government.

    They intimated that the former Prime Minister will be the coalition's President as well as its presidential candidate in the August 9, 2022 poll. 

    President Uhuru Kenyatta addresses delegates at Sagana III on Wednesday, 23, 2022.
    President Uhuru Kenyatta addresses delegates at Sagana III on Wednesday, 23, 2022.
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    Uhuru will take up the position of Chair of Azimio, in a move to ensure that he has an active role in the formation of the government if his handshake partner beats his Deputy, William Ruto, in the race to State House.

    In the proposed line up, the outgoing Commander in Chief will have four deputies, who will be selected from the Coast, Western, North Eastern and either the Nairobi or Ukambani region

    Also forming the secretariat is a Secretary-General, who will be selected from the Raila Odinga's Nyanza backyard or from the Eastern region. A politician from the Rift Valley will serve as the coalition's Executive Secretatry.

    While the provisional line-up seeks to be inclusive with representatives from all regions, selecting leaders from the 15 parties that have declared support for the Azimio front poses a challenge to Uhuru an Raila.

    ODM and Jubilee are set to hold their National Delegates Congress (NDCs) concurrently on February 26. The former Premier will be endorsed as the former's presidential candidate, with clear indications that Jubilee is not keen on fronting a flag-bearer.

    Uhuru's endorsement of Raila has sparked political conversation on whether the move will make or  break the latter's quest for the country's top seat.

    Speaking during an interview with KTN, exiled lawyer, Miguna Miguna opined that the pronouncement will deal the ODM party leader's presidential bid a huge blow. Miguna claimed that while the Raila was backed because of being anti-government, a helping hand from the state would work against him.

    "The path is muddy and not very clear at all, if anything, Uhuru has made it completely impossible for Raila to become president of Kenya.

    "An endorsement from the most unpopular president since independence is not a good thing for anyone running for President," he stated.

    President Uhuru and ODM leader Raila.
    President Uhuru and ODM leader Raila.
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