Revealed: Mutahi Kagwe, Matiang'i Could Be In The Ballot In 2022
Jun. 30, 2020
Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe and Interior CS Dr Fred Matiang’i undeniably share strong chemistry as has been seen in different scenarios in the past.
According to the Star on Tuesday, June 30, sources say that the two CSs who are always behind the President could be poised for bigger roles in Uhuru Kenyatta’s succession.
The Star indicates that Matiang’I and Kagwe have been holding strategic meetings with opinion leaders and the clergy to build influence outside government as the succession battle hots up.
Insiders say that they are talks of pushing for a Matiang'i-Kagwe ticket in 2022.
A few days ago, the two are said to have separately held meetings with Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho and some religious leaders.
Matiang'i and Kagwe will again be hosted by Joho in Mombasa this week during a tour to assess the preparedness of counties to fight Covid-19.
CS Matiang'i will hold talks with security chiefs and politicians from the region while Kagwe will tour health facilities.
On Monday, Kagwe's special communications adviser Martin Mutua confirmed the Mombasa visit.
“We shall be in Mombasa for the Covid-19 assessment tour and as we have done before, we do this in collaboration with our counterparts from the Ministry of Interior,” Mutua said.
Further, there are plans to instal Matiang'i as a Maasai elder, signalling his bid to seek broad-based support.
"We are waiting for the coronavirus to end then we shall set the date," Isaac Ole Tialolo, one of the elders planning the coronation told the Star on Monday.
Matiang'i was last year crowned a Kisii elder as a blessing by the community to seek the country's top job.
Kisii leaders have previously asked ODM leader Raila Odinga to endorse Matiang'i for president in 2020.
On the other hand, Kagwe, a seasoned politician has won the hearts of many with his handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
He has showed that he can make a good leader who is able to make crucial decisions on behalf of Kenyans.
On Monday, former Cabinet Minister Franklin Bett admitted that the President might shock Kenyans with his 2022 plans given that the field is overcrowded.
Bett said the Matiang'i-Kagwe arrangement, if fronted, could upset the politicians seeking the President's blessings for 2022.
“The battle to succeed the President especially in his backyard is shaping up with Kagwe angling for the pie as well,” he said.
Political analyst Mutahi Ngunyi, who is famed for his 'tyranny of numbers' phrase in the lead up to the 2013 polls, says Kagwe is at the heart of Uhuru's succession.
“He (Kagwe) is the kind of person you don’t want to play around with. When talking about the ultimate succession of Uhuru Kenyatta, I think Mutahi Kagwe places himself as a possible chief in waiting among the Kikuyu,” Mutahi Ngunyi said during a K24 interview in April.
He added: “He [Kagwe] has done a splendid job. He was created and nurtured in the Kibaki school of politics. If you hear him talk, he talks a bit like Kibaki.”