SUCCESSION

Uhuru not interested in endorsing anyone, says Kang'ata

Senator says Ruto camp was not expecting the President's approval

ALICE WAITHERA Murang'a Senator Irungu Kang'ata addressing Journalists in Kenol town.
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In Summary
  • The senator's response comes after ODM leader Raila Odinga rubbished claims that he would be endorsed by Uhuru.
  • Raila denied that he is not the President's project and noted that if Uhuru decided that endorse him, it would be a compliment.

Murang'a Senator Irungu Kang'ata has lifted the lid off President Uhuru Kenyatta's stand on succession politics.

Appearing on JKL on Wednesday, Kang'ata claimed that the President had told some Jubilee leaders that he is not interested in endorsing anyone.

The senator further disclosed that Deputy President William Ruto camp was not expecting the endorsement and that they wished him a happy retirement.

“We love the President. We are praying for our President. We wish him safe retirement. By the way, I am told he has told our colleagues in Kieleweke that he is not into this politics of endorsing anyone,” Kang'ata said.

“We pray for him and support his endeavours. Our competition is the problems that are bedeviling Kenyans.”

The senator's response comes after ODM leader Raila Odinga rubbished claims that he would be endorsed by Uhuru.

Raila denied being the President's project and noted that if Uhuru decided to endorse him, it would complement his efforts.

“I have a track record which is known. I do not need to be sponsored by anybody, I will go to Kenyans to tell them of what I have done in the past and what I intend to do in the future.

“If the President supports me, it will be a complement and I will be very happy,” Raila said.

Deputy President William Ruto allies had blamed handshake partners, arguing that the President had backtracked on his initial pledge to the DP.

They said Ruto helped Uhuru clinch power for two terms and should support him in 2022 and 2027.

The President has previously made it public that he will retire in 2022 and he will not be interested in politics.

-Edited by SKanyara