By Arap Doyo
Daniel Moi was a close ally of Jomo Kenyatta. Once Jomo passed on, Daniel Moi inherited the throne. History has it that after the death of Jomo, Moi ensured Jomo’s family welfare and businesses were protected. Fast forward to 1997, Moi introduced young Uhuru Kenyatta to politics even when UK was by then a little reluctant to join the murky world.
It’s worthing noting that Moi settled on Uhuru despite Jomo having many sons. Moi saw something in Uhuru that none other in Jomo Kenyatta’s lineage had. Come 2002, the professor of politics handed over the mantle to Uhuru Kenyatta leaving out several other politicians in KANU; who by far had a bigger national wide appeal and experience.
And that marked the official beginning of the rise of UK. We might not agree on this but Uhuru Kenyatta is politically indebted to Moi. The two families are inseparable.
Gideon Moi is trying to make in roads in north rift politics. Unlike the past, Gideon has been aggressive lately. Some kind of vibrance absent before 2014. Not once has he been seen courting rift valley politicians worth mentioning.
In certain instances he has been seen closely interacting with Uhuru. And he has made his intentions clear. His eyes are firmly focused on succeeding Uhuru Kenyatta even as his Kalenjin brother William Ruto dismisses him as a non-starter and a toddler in Politics.
However much we all know/imagine/assume that Ruto and Uhuru Kenyatta are bossom friends, only a fool would totally dismiss the probability of Uhuru passing the baton to Gideon despite the MOU between him and his DP.
Daniel Moi too owed a lot of people who ensured he became president in 1978, others stood by him in 1982 attempted coup while others ensured he still ‘won’ during the 1992 ‘multi party elections.
Some were known Moi loyalists while others were die hard sycophants but at the end of the day, Moi picked the naive Uhuru as his preferred successor. Same way, many worked tirelessly to see Uhuru become the fourth president but let’s wait and see when that time comes, whether UK will follow ‘in the footsteps’.