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Why Moi's presidency could remain a dream

Curtis Otieno
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A file photo of Baringo Senator and possible presidential candidate in 2022 Gideon Moi. [Photo/SoftKenya]

The debate about the 2022 presidential race is already heating up and as a result, political alignments are expected to soon emerge as preparations and hopes take center stage.

Leaders who have already declared their candidature include Deputy President William Ruto who will be running on a Jubilee Party ticket, Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua and his Kakamega counterpart Wycliffe Oparanya.

All eyes, however, are on Baringo Senator Gideon Moi, who despite having not announced his candidature yet, is deemed to be keen on reclaiming the position which was under his father Daniel Moi for 24 years.

Despite being seemingly ripe for the post, basing on his age, political experience and coaching from his dad, Moi, remains noncommittal.

Unlike Ruto who is already up and about in an attempt to drum up support for his bid, four years in advance, Moi is yet to take the first step towards the post.

He has also not made clear the party on whose ticket he could vie, though he remains the boss of the independence party, Kenya African National Union (KANU).

Until now, the Senator has not publicly reached out to fellow leaders, individuals whose support and backing could help him realize the dream.

With the Kenyan politics known to take an ethnic turn during elections, Moi who hails from the vast Rift Valley region is not guaranteed of full backing of the province as a result of Ruto's influence who also hails from the same area.

His candidature, should it materialize, is also likely to be dealt a blow by the latest developments in the political arena, as a result of a recent unity between President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga, with there being speculations that the collaboration could reflect in the 2022 race for the top post.

Moi is, therefore, is likely to have an uphill task ascending to the throne.

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