President Uhuru Kenyatta has been asked not to impose any presidential candidate on Kenyans ahead of the 2022 General Election.
While addressing journalists after a consultative meeting in Chuka town in Tharaka Nithi County on Saturday, a Tharaka Nithi County Dialogue Reference Group said the President should allow Kenyans to elect the person they want without coercion.
Rev Silas Wamugunda, the group’s chairman said President Kenyatta should be ready to hand over power to the person that Kenyans will elect as their next president.
“President Uhuru has done a lot of work during his tenure that is expiring next year and should let Kenyans exercise their democratic rights by deciding who becomes the next president,” said Mr Wamugunda.
He urged the Head of State and his deputy Dr William Ruto to put aside their personal differences and reconcile for the purposes of development and unity of the country.
He said though the popular handshake between Uhuru and the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) chief Raila Odinga brought peace to the country, it can only be fulfilled if all leaders are included in the deal.
In September, Deputy President William Ruto faulted President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga for frustrating his presidential.
He said the two had benefited from his generosity but now don’t want to see him close to the country’s top seat.
He wondered why the duo were top critics of his bottom-up economic model that he has been riding on to sell his 2022 presidential bid without giving solid alternatives.
“I campaigned for Raila in 2007 until he landed the premier position. I have helped Uhuru get the presidency for two consecutive terms. But when it is my turn now, the two are against it. I wonder why…it could be because my father has never been at the top of the country’s political pecking order,” he said at Malava constituency in Kakamega County.
On March 9, 2018 Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta and the leader of the main opposition, Raila Odinga, surprised their supporters when they publicly shook hands and agreed to work together. This was not the first time Kenya’s rival elites had concluded a political pact to work together.