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2 things Uhuru will avoid in Kisumu next week

Curtis Otieno
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President Uhuru Kenyatta. [Source/Uhuru Kenyatta/Twitter]

President Uhuru Kenyatta will for the first time after his March 9 truce with opposition leader Raila Odinga tour the former Prime Minister’s Luo Nyanza region bedrock.

Expectations are already high as both residents and leaders await the goodies he will bring along, his first step expected to be Kisumu County on December 13.

Though it is obvious that he will bring with him goodies and speak to some of the issues affecting the region, he will avoid some.

These include the heating 2022 presidential debate where Odinga who has since been nominated African Union High Representative for Infrastructure Development is expected to again participate.

The Head of State is very unlikely to speak on the issue as he has repeatedly urged Kenyans and leaders to concentrate on developing the nation after overcoming the heavily divisive 2017 elections.

He will as well not approve or rubbish recent claims that he will use the tour to endorse Odinga for 2022, as he will have contradicted him either way, and will have soiled his national unity campaign.

By admitting that he supports the former Prime Minister, the Head of State will have betrayed the feelings of his deputy William Ruto whom they reportedly have an agreement that he will back him in 2022 in exchange for Ruto’s loyalty.

By refuting the claims, he will have betrayed the faith of the many Luos who understood the truce as the start of a union that could see the two approach the elections as a team, in a region dominated by the people.

The other is matters the fish industry and the well being of the Lake Victoria.

Here, he will have to deliberately avoid the issue to avoid a clash with the people, a good number of who depend on the fish industry both for a living as the main diet.

It is worth noting that Uhuru's government has done close to nothing to eliminate the water hyacinth now covering a good portion of Lake Victoria, hindering fishing activities and water transport.

And as a man who has been in power for the last six years and in charge of a government with every capability to do the same, Kenyatta will be better off silent on the issue as speaking on it will bring him out as insincere and only speaking to please the crowd.

The best way would be to silently command the relevant authorities and liaise with Nyanza Governors in cleaning the lake.

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