Former President Moi Endorses Kibaki, Vows to Remain a KANU Member
The hottest political news story coming out of Nairobi this afternoon is that former President Moi has finally officially confirmed that he will be supporting President Mwai Kibaki’s bid for a second term in office during the forthcoming general elections. (See Nation Newspapers story reproduced below)
The former President reiterated that he would remain a KANU member but will urge its members to support Kibaki. This announcement all but confirms that KANU will not have a presidential candidate in Kenya’s general election for the first time in the history of independent Kenya. KANU Chairman Uhuru Kenyatta is widely expected to go by the former President’s move and will most likely form an alliance with Kibaki thereby strategically positioning himself and his party in the next government should Kibaki win the elections. Such an alliance will also make Uhuru’s re-election under a KANU banner much much smoother in his Gatundu South constituency.
In coming out to openly endorse Kibaki, former President Moi may be unwittingly positioning his favourite son – Gideon Moi – to not just fly the flag as Kibaki’s cabinet minister, but also more significantly in pole position in Kibaki’s succession battle that will begin in January 2008 should he emerge the winner.
This web log had a few days ago predicted an alliance of “Kenya’s first families” in an article titled “Are Kenya’s First Families Uniting to Support President Kibaki’s Second Term?” . The latest development should therefore not come as a surprise to readers of KEPN.
President Kibaki is expected to welcome former President Moi’s support with open arms, especially against the backdrop of the humiliating defeat his government suffered at the hands of the opposition during the 2005 constitution referendum. Moi supported the opposition in 2005 referendum vote.
Moi endorses Kibaki for second term
Story by LUCAS BARASA and BENJAMIN MUINDI
Publication Date: 8/28/2007
It is now official – retired President Moi will back and campaign for his successor Mwai Kibaki’s re-election in the General election expected later this year.
The former President made the announcement this morning, finally confirming long held expectation that he would support the incumbent.
Addressing journalists at his Kabarnet Gardens residence in Nairobi, Mr Moi who was accompanied by his private secretary John Lokorio and spokesman Lee Njiru described President Kibaki as the best candidate for the seat.
“I am convinced that President Mwai Kibaki ought to be given a chance to complete the constitutionally-accepted two-term tenure,” Mr Moi said.
He added: “My reason for this decision is that President Kibaki, by virtue of his office as Head of State and Government of Kenya is a symbol of nationhood.”
Mr Moi dismissed ODM and ODM-Kenya presidential candidates as visionless, tribal, selfish and liars.
Although he could not name them, Mr Moi said President Kibaki opponents were only interested in leadership and warned that if allowed, they could plunge the country into chaos.
Mr Moi said none of the aspirants had a clear and credible manifesto spelling out development strategies for Kenyans.
“All one hears is high-sounding rhetoric, giving false hopes to the people, as if a politician can develop the country in exclusion of individual participation and hardwork of every Kenyan. While imagination and creativity are in order, pragmatism is a must.
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