A group of MPs drawn from both the opposition the ruling Jubilee party have hatched a new plot in a bid to bar Deputy President William Ruto from the 2022 race with a close ally to Raila Odinga claiming that President Uhuru Kenyatta handpicked the ODM party leader as his successor during their trip to China.
MPs reveal plot to bar DP Ruto from 2022 race, claim Uhuru picked Raila as successor during visit to China
Will the new plan succeed?
Lugari MP Ayub Savula revealed that the more than 100 legislators will push for an amendment to the Elections Act to compel all presidential candidates to declare the source of their wealth before being cleared to vie.
Addressing mourners at a funeral, a confident Savula “I can tell you for free the Deputy President’s name will not be on the ballot box unless he comes out clear on how he amerced a lot of wealth.”
“Once the law is amended, it will be mandatory for the DP and other politicians eyeing the top seat on the land to explain and account for their wealth failure to which the electoral agency will block them from contesting,” he added.
DP Ruto who has been donating millions in harambees has come under heavy criticism with several politicians challenging him to declare his source of wealth with Raila Odinga alleging that such donations could be proceeds of corruption.
DP Ruto has remained cagey on his net worth and source of his millions during several media interviews, tactfully answering that he is a hustler without divulging much in the wake of a lifestyle audit ordered by President Kenyatta.
Tough task ahead, Raila succeeding Uhuru
Meanwhile, Uriri Member of Parliament (MP) - Mark Nyamita, has alleged that President Uhuru Kenyatta has settled on former Prime Minister Raila Odinga to succeed him at the end of his second term in 2022.
Nyamita who was addressing the public at a funeral in his constituency over the weekend claimed that the pair (Uhuru and Raila) had hatched a succession plan and Odinga accompanied President Kenyatta to China to assure the Asian economic giant that the next President (Raila Odinga) was fully committed to repaying the loans.
"The two leaders went to China not just to secure loans but to also assure our brothers in China that come transition period, there would be a safe pair of hands to pay back the whole debt," Nyamita said.
Analysts however opine that stopping DP Ruto will not be a walk in the park given that he commands wide support from across the nation and is backed by many MPs in the current parliament who have vowed to do all within their powers to ensure that he succeeds President Uhuru Kenyatta.
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