In a packed three-day charm offensive to fend off Ruto and market the BBI referendum drive, Uhuru this week will unleash his political might and state power.
This is likely to precipitate a clash with DP William Ruto, as a showdown is looming in Mt Kenya as President Kenyatta and ODM boss Raila Odinga separately move to consolidate the region.
President Kenyatta set the tempo for his tour saying he “still roars like a lion”. He was speaking in Nairobi on Tuesday in Kannada County. In a message that appeared targeted at Ruto, his second-in-command, he declared there is no vacancy in the Office of the President, a
“When at a police function I do not want to talk politics,” Uhuru said in off-the-cuff remarks as he launched the construction of a police leadership academy.
“But you know there are some people who say I am leaving office and so, what can I do? Let me remind them that even if I am leaving, there are some days remaining to roar like the Lion… there is no vacancy,” said President Kenyatta.
On the other end, in a bid to reach out to the President’s vote-rich region. Raila, will on Wednesday tour the populous Githurai Market and hold a meeting with traders.
The ODM leader’s BBI sensitisation campaign in Githurai follows another one a few days ago targeting Burma market, Dagoretti, and a session at the sacred Kikuyu Council of Elders’ shrine in Ruaka.
In a high-stakes battle for the region’s support, President Kenyatta and Raila have also turned to Kikuyu vernacular media stations to make a passionate pitch for the BBI.
The President Kenyatta’s preparations to reclaim his own region are elaborate as he on Tuesday, met all governors from Mt Kenya to prepare for the flurry of activities culminating in a major political gathering in Nyeri on Saturday. Ruto’s foot soldiers have not been invited to any of the meetings.
According to Kieni MP Kanini Kega, a key Uhuru point man, the President’s tour will centre on the BBI agenda and development projects for the region.
“The meeting will take stock of the last three years and agree on how we are going to approach the remaining one and half year in terms of actualising the development projects for the region,” Kega said.
Uhuru’s aggressive efforts to reclaim his shaky stronghold will include a three-day tour of development projects undertaken in the region by his administration.
The President is on Friday expected to hold a closed door meeting with all elected leaders from across Mt Kenya.
On Saturday, the President will chair another meeting bringing together elected leaders, members of the business community, representatives of teachers unions, the clergy and select opinion leaders.
“The President might actually camp in Mt Kenya for a few more days after Saturday’s meeting,” Nyeri Town MP Ngunjiri Wambugu said.
The vocal lawmaker, however, insisted the President Kenyatta’s full itinerary was yet to be unveiled because “a lot of consultations remain work in progress.”
President Kenyatta will spare no effort in addressing the thorny BBI issue as indicated by Kega, who chairs the Budget and Appropriations Committee in Parliament.
“The BBI, which is very crucial for our people will be part of the agenda. We have a lot of interest in BBI as a region because most of our people are spread across the country in the diaspora,” Kega said.