The proclamation of a Gusii unity bid and a suggestion that Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i lead the effort have thrown him under the political spotlight, with belief that he is pulling the strainds from behind a thick curtain.
On Thursday, he was persuaded by politicians from his Kisii backyard to stablize himself as their regional kingpin.
Dr Matiang’i has himself not announced interest in succeeding President Uhuru Kenyatta, at least not publicly, and it’s possible that he will not do so without the express permission of the Head of State.
But the Thursday conference seems to point to the possibility of Dr Matiang’i taking a stab at the presidency. Should that be the case, he will be expected to step down from his position six months to the elections, in accordancet with the law.
The lawmakers said they have been staring events unfold in the political space with keen attention and it was now clear that communities are having internal conversations on how to secure their interests ahead of the 2022 General Election.
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