Orengo Announces Uhuru's Surprise Candidate for 2022 Presidency

Senator Orengo reveals who Uhuru will endorse in 2022.

Siaya Senator James Orengo with businessman Jimi Wanjigi

According to Orengo, the President might endorse opposition leader Raila Odinga for the 2022 presidential race.

Surprise Candidate

Orengo said President Kenyatta had hinted that the surprise candidate would be Odinga.

“At the end of the day, we’re saying that the leadership of Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Amolo Odinga is going to produce the next President of the Republic of Kenya,” Orengo said.

“I’m glad when President Uhuru Kenyatta was saying he’s going to surprise people in Jubilee as to who is going to be the next President of the Republic of Kenya, he was saying that knowing that Ruto is the Deputy President and that surprise, according to us, practically and for all reasons, is Raila Amolo Odinga,” he added.

Orengo, who is the Senate Minority Leader, added that there will be a referendum to address the 20% of the Constitution that needed attention.

Raila had earlier said the constitutional change was among the deals he hammered with the President in the March 9 handshake.

Referendum

“We agreed with the President that as soon as the Building Bridges task force finishes collecting views across the country, the buck will stop with the people through another vote to address the longstanding issues in the country,” Raila said.

His calls for a referendum were echoed by the Ufungamano II group is pushing for reforms to ‘dignify’ the opposition by enabling the runners-up in the presidential election to serve as the Leader of Official Opposition in the National Assembly while the running mate becomes the Leader of Official Opposition in the Senate.

“Amend the Constitution to o 209, comprising of members elected from 150 constituencies, 47 Women Representatives, and 12 Special members,” read the Ufungamano II arrangement.

Uhuru's choice

In November President Kenyatta promised that he would be at the centre of succession politics towards the end of his final term.

“They think because Uhuru is going home in 2022, he will not have a word on what will happen. I am telling them when the right time comes, I will have something to say,” the President told a rally in Nyeri town.

“Some think I have kept quiet because I am not capable of talking politics. I am still a politician. They will be shocked when that time comes, but for now I want to concentrate on delivering my pledges to Kenyans,” he added.

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