Uhuru says quitting politics in 2022

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Uhuru and his host Emmanuel Macron

By Daily Nation

President Uhuru Kenyatta is not keen on seeking any elective position after his term ends in 2022, contrary to his foot soldiers’ assertions.

In an exclusive interview with France 24 television show host Marc Perelman yesterday, Mr Kenyatta, who is currently on a state visit to France, dismissed claims that he would be seeking a political position after he retires in 2022, even if a position of Prime Minister were created for him thorough constitutional reform currently under consideration through the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI).   

Leaders including Central Organisation of Trade Unions (Cotu) Secretary General Francis Atwoli and Jubilee Vice Chairman David Murathe have lately been vocal in pushing the narrative that President Kenyatta would consider a political position post 2022, if the BBI is passed.

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“I would rather come and enjoy a holiday in France every summer than seek any other political position after my term ends,” he curtly said.

The President was also non-committal on his support for his Deputy William Ruto in the 2022 election, arguing that his focus remained on fulfilling his government’s agenda in the next two years.

“I have always maintained that we have an agenda as a government that we want to complete. We are two years from an election, and this is not the time to start campaigning,” he said in an apparent jab at DP Ruto, adding that his intention was to bring people together and to ensure that the 2022 election does not lead to any crisis. 

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“It is for that reason that I reached out to the opposition. Of course there are some who feel that this reaching out is meant to sideline to Dr Ruto. There is nothing more to the contrary,” he said.

The president also added that the handshake was meant to help the political class agree on the issues that divide them, giving Kenyans an opportunity in future to choose a leader and have a system that is inclusive, with acceptable election results.

“So, anybody therefore who is going against that… I don’t say he (Dr Ruto) is going against this… but my prayer is that especially those in my political party would work with me to help me achieve this for Kenya, and our people. I am hopeful that we shall work together towards this, even with my deputy,” he said.

“My commitment is to this handshake process… Peace, stability, prosperity for the Kenyan people. That is my priority. Once we are over that, and start talking about elective position, you can ask me that question of supporting Dr Ruto,” he added.

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