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Why 2022 elections will be rough - MP

Cliff Munda
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Tongaren MP Dr Eseli Simiyu. [Source: Kenya]

An MP allied to the opposition has hinted that Kenya may have another rough time in 2022 when the country goes for another election.

Tongaren MP Dr Eseli Simiyu on Tuesday said the fact that Deputy President William Ruto is in the present government and is eyeing the presidency may make the 2022 polls complex because of the incumbency factor.

He said it is always almost difficult to fight off politicians who have State power at their disposal during elections.

"The 2022 elections are going to be rough because we will be dealing with an incumbent," stated Eseli.

He doubles up as Ford Kenya Secretary-General and was speaking during NTV's AM Live show on Tuesday.

The DP is presently fighting tooth and nail to ensure he clinches the presidency in 2022 to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta despite spirited efforts from opposition politicians and a section of leaders from Mt Kenya region who are against his attempt to ascend to State House.

In Kenyan elections, almost every poll in which a President is stepping out of office registers incidents of violence, the latest being the 2013 election when then President Mwai Kibaki was leaving office.

Already, some elected leaders from Ruto's Rift Valley backyard are accusing their Central Kenya counterparts of insincerity since the pact signed by Ruto and Uhuru in 2013 said Uhuru would back Ruto in 2022. Some Mt Kenya MP are de-campaigning Ruto.

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