Kenya succession: The Kenyatta factor

By Son Gatitu
Posted on Thursday, 24 February 2022 14:51, updated on Monday, 20 June 2022 11:16

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Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta attends a news conference at the African Union Commission (AUC) headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia February 6, 2022. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has declared his support for long-time opposition leader Raila Odinga’s preferred political vehicle ahead of the August presidential election.

The term-limited Kenyan leader’s announcement has caused ripples across the political landscape, forcing his deputy William Ruto to go on the warpath against his boss of nine years.

Now the question is what role Kenyatta will play in a country with a recent history of failed political endorsement by a retiring head of state.

When Kenyatta told a group of youth leaders at the presidential palace on 11 February that he was throwing his support behind Odinga, he was only confirming what had long been suspected.