Uhuru Changes 2017 Campaign Strategy by Having a Lean Committee Led by Trusted Allies

President Uhuru Kenyatta has changed his campaign strategy from the one used in 2013 by having a small but trusted team of advisers who will work alongside a British consultancy firm that branded his team in the previous campaign.

The new team, which has been operating behind the scenes, comprises of longtime allies of the President including former State House political adviser Nancy Gitau, Jubilee Alliance Party vice-chairman David Murathe, and President Mwai Kibaki’s aide Alfred Getonga.

The Chairman of the Jubilee Party secretariat Raphael Tuju is also in the elite campaign team.

The Sunday Nation quoted its sources as indicating that Kenyatta's former personal assistant, who is also the current Solicitor-General Njee Muturi, is also playing a role in the campaigns, though he is careful not to come out openly as he is a civil servant.

The committee has raised suspicion as it does not have representatives from Deputy President William Ruto's team.

However, Ruto's ally and Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen sought to allay fears that the DP's aides had been bypassed.

“The re-election of the President has so many teams, and every Jubilee supporter is a campaigner in their own way. The fact that there is a team working from one office does not mean it is the only team," Murkomen explained.

The team of four is coordinating with other players in the campaign including the British consultancy company SCL, led by an Indian-British citizen Sabhita Raju.

Award-winning journalist Alex Chamwada will work as the campaign team's media relations officer.