The political career of President Uhuru Kenyatta began with rejection and revolt and concluded with rejection and rebellion.
Uhuru entered the public eye as a presidential project that failed miserably and is leaving with a presidential project of his own that earned lukewarm support from his Mount Kenya neighborhood. First Kanu, and now Jubilee, both events led to the demise of the ruling party.Photo courtesy: President Uhuru at State House, Nairobi Kenya.
The Mountain has served as the Kenyattas' main source of political vigor and support for many years. The Mountain has listened to them when they have spoken. Jaramogi Oginga Odinga, who battled against Jomo's government for their land rights, was not believed by the Mountain people in 1965. Instead, they took Jomo's word for it that Jaramogi was only interested in seizing power away from the Kikuyu.
The handshake has allowed Jomo's son to convince the residents of the Mountain that Jaramogi's son is beneficial to the neighborhood. They have shown no faith in him. Some voters flatly refused to cast their ballots. Others showed up to cast ballots opposing his plans.
Raila failed to defeat William Ruto, the UDA's presidential candidate, anywhere, not even in Uhuru's home station of Mutomo in Gatundu South or Martha Karua's home station.
Ruto and his UDA candidates won the majority of the popular vote. Uhuru's attempt to install Karua as the Mountain's successor in the community was also rebuffed, with some heard alleging that they are the "mountain King Makers".
Source: NATION Kenya.
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