President Uhuru Kenyatta will not go back on his promise to support Deputy President William Ruto in the 2022 general election, political commentator Steve Ogolla has opined.
Uhuru is on record pledging to back his deputy to take over power upon his retirement following their agreement ahead of the 2013 polls.
However, a section of politicians allied to the Tanga Tanga group has been claiming Uhuru is planning to renege on the deal following his March 9, 2018 handshake with ODM leader Raila Odinga.
The politicians have been alleging the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) is a strategy to hand over power to the former prime minister at Ruto's expense.
However, according to Ogolla, the president is still committed to keeping his word to Ruto but has been avoiding to declare the same openly for the sake of the handshake which has brought peace and unity in the country.
In a tweet on Wednesday, Ogolla, who is also a lawyer, accused the Tanga Tanga faction of misinterpreting Uhuru's motives, which has led to their sustained attack on him.
"In terms of political commitment, Uhuru is most likely supporting Ruto in 2022. Baba, being Kenya's all-time political grandmaster, is likely intimately aware. But both seem committed to preserving personal friendship and national unity. That's the insight lacking in #Tangatanga," he posted.
Renowned blogger Robert Alai has also expressed similar sentiments saying Uhuru was secretly campaigning for his deputy by creating the perceived enmity between Kieleweke and Tanga Tanga outfits.
"Uhuru Kenyatta helped the re-election of Hassan Joho by playing enemy to him. I guess that Uhuru is also helping campaign for Ruto by playing enemy to him. In the end, the loser will be the usual handshake," Alai tweeted on Monday.