He observes that the most the President can do for the former Premier is give him his Mt Kenya backyard, which pundits argue has the ability to determine who becomes the next president.
The former Deputy Speaker states that at the same time, Uhuru knows that it might be hard selling Raila to his tribesmen, and obviously has a Plan B and another candidate to switch to if things don't work.
"The downside for Uhuru is if he is unable to sell Raila because of the damnations and vilification against him and the Luo as a nation in that region,” the former Garissa Township MP hopeful told The Standard.
He opines that the President has settled on Raila for now because if his old age, which means he cannot rule for long, and can be used to endorse another Mt Kenya aspirant or KANU boss Gideon Moi in 2027.
This is as he admits that things will still be hard for Uhuru even if he picks another aspirant, unless both himself and Raila agree to support him as otherwise, they will lose to Deputy President William Ruto.
"His options are really limited and it is Ruto who has an advantage in many of those scenarios unless they make it easier by both backing another candidate,” adds Maalim.
So far is Uhuru committed to ensure that Raila succeeds him that he is reportedly rallying the entire opposition bloc, which also has 2022 presidential hopefuls, to back the veteran politician.
Maalim's observation about Raila being a hard sell in Mt Kenya is already a factor, with dailies reporting that he was only recently told the same by his allies whom he had sent to help popularize him in Central.
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