The United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party has claimed that President Uhuru Kenyatta is still pulling the remaining strings to make Azimio La Umoja presidential candidate Raila Odinga his successor.
The party, which is led by Deputy President William Ruto, Raila’s main opponent in the race for State House, has for long accused Uhuru of using his powers to try to block the DP from the top seat.
UDA Secretary General Veronica Maina says that even with his limited time in State House, Uhuru is still trying to use his remaining might to frustrate Ruto and ensure that he doesn’t taste power.
She claims that he has once again deployed the state machinery to handle this job, and is using among others, the Directorate of Criminal Investigation to ensure that the DP is kept off the presidency.
“Secondly, the State apparatus, controlled by the Commander-in-Chief, who has doubled up as the Chairperson of the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition, has unashamedly spared no effort to ensure that the ninth respondent is not sworn in as the Fifth President of the Republic of Kenya,” she says in her submission at the Supreme Court.
Her remarks come a day after Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro, another Ruto ally, claimed that Uhuru is the real face behind the petition Raila has filed before the Supreme Court, where he is challenging Ruto’s win.
Maina holds that Uhuru is only doing what he has always done with those under his orders, after voters rejected his attempts to have them vote for Raila.
“Given the outgoing President’s succession plan for the Petitioner, he emboldened Cabinet Secretaries to publicly pledge their loyalty to the opposition candidate and to warn voters that they should follow their lead or else,” she is further quoted.
Uhuru, who has always been opposed to Ruto’s bid, is yet to congratulate him on his win, proof that he really isn’t keen on handing over to him.