By Tony Mballa
Four factors led Uhuru Kenyatta to ‘sacrifice’ Anne Waiguru:
The organizers of the Pope’s visit demanded to have the full attention of Kenyans during his three-day stay in the country; they didn’t want to come head-on with an aggrieved nation still embroiled in exchange of words over cases of graft since that would have shifted the attention away from him. Uhuru Kenyatta had also anticipated a situation whereby the country’s opposition CORD would up their criticism of Jubilee government to a crescendo in the presence of visitors; he sought to circumvent such a scene by asking Waiguru to step aside.
The other factor was concern for his dwindling popularity amongst voters over the saga as suggested by the recent Infotrak opinion poll. With the 2017 elections just around the corner, Uhuru Kenyatta was intent on safeguarding his image and protect his job.
(3)MOI-BIWOTT STATE HOUSE VISIT
During their visit to State House a fortnight ago, former President Moi and Cabinet Minister in the KANU regime Nicholas Biwott firmly advised Uhuru Kenyatta to sack Anne Waiguru if he was serious about retaining the support of the Kalenjin community and Kenya as a whole. Afraid to lose grip of the Kalenjin support, Uhuru Kenyatta had to let go of Waiguru.
As the precedent and a fellow Kikuyu, Mwai Kibaki had warned Uhuru Kenyatta not to shun the opposition’s sentiments and criticisms about his administration. Being a former president who may have found himself in such a situation, he knew what he was saying. Uhuru again chose to heed Kibaki’s piece of advice.
TODAY’S TOPIC FOR DEBATE
Is Anne Waiguru’s resignation enough?