Mzee Moi's surprise decision that confused Kalonzo

Former President Daniel Moi's drastic decision has left Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka...

President Uhuru Kenyatta (left) Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua, Former President Daniel Moi, Kalonzo Musyoka and  former Prime Minister Raila Odinga

In his book Against All Odds, the former vice president noted that Kenyatta was inexperienced in politics and had expected Moi to pick other experienced leaders in KANU to face Former President Mwai Kibaki in the General Election.

“It seemed almost desperate. We all knew at some stage in 2002 that even Mama Ngina Kenyatta, Uhuru’s mother was supporting Kibaki’s bid for the presidency and Moi knew as much,” Kalonzo stated.

At the time, Kenyata was nominated to parliament by Mzee Moi after he lost his bid for the Gatundu parliamentary seat in 1997.

This was after Mzee Moi asked the late Mark Too to resign as nominated MP before Uhuru was appointed then later made Minister for the Local Government.

According to Kalonzo, who was then in KANU, they had expected Moi to pick him or other bigwigs in the party like the late George Saitoti, Musalia Mudavadi, and Raila Odinga.

They deemed the young Uhuru fresh in politics and knew there was no way he would be endorsed to face Kibaki.

However, to their shock in 2002, the former president endorsed Uhuru to face Mwai Kibaki in 2002 which the latter won by a landslide.

Unknown to many, the former president was creating the entry of the young Uhuru into politics.

As time went on,  Kenyatta mastered the art of politics in Kenya before he supported Kibaki's re- election in 2007, which the latter controversially won.

In 2013, Kenyatta teamed up with his current deputy William Ruto, who went ahead and trounced CORD led by Raila Odinga and Musyoka.

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