It is official that Central Kenya will rally behind ODM leader Raila Odinga in 2022, Tony Gachoka has said.
In a tweet, the former Raila aide said this was agreed in previous consultations.
“ I can confirm that its official the entire Kikuyu Nation shall support the Right Hon. Raila Odinga @RailaOdinga for President 2022; following earlier conversations with his brother Uhuru @StateHouseKenya they wanted it quiet. But as insiders we MUST inform the public. Its Baba TG,” Gachoka tweeted on Monday.
Gachoka’s remarks come a day after Cotu Secretary General Francis Atwoli endorsed Raila for President.
Gachoka worked as Raila’s Chief of protocol, and is also a close ally of Baringo Senator Gideon Moi, a rival to Deputy President William Ruto in the Rift Valley.
Earlier, on Saturday Jubilee Vice Chairman David Murathe also said Kenyans should reward Raila for the lifetime sacrifices he has made for the country with the presidency in 2022.
“Kenya can produce a good President but I am endorsing Murathe’s decision to back Raila in 2022,” Atwoli said at his Kajiado home, where he hosted Murathe and other leaders.
Murathe visited Atwoli a week ago in the company of Raila, former Gatanga MP Peter Kenneth and Senate Minority Leader James Orengo.
Raila, however, downplayed the visit to Atwoli’s home saying he accepted a personal invite for a nyama choma lunch only to find other prominent politicians there.
Raila said Atwoli is his brother in law and asked Kenyans not to read too much in the visit.
Gachoka is a known critic of the Tangatanga wing of the Jubilee government, which is behind DP Ruto.
“These Tanga Tanga people .. Baba has the highest vote from all other Kenyans/tribes (42 plus) except Kalenjin who are with Ruto… Now Kikuyu support Baba. FULLY,” Gachoka tweeted.
In a past visit in Central Kenya, President Uhuru Kenyatta said his choice for 2022 would surprise many. This is despite him verbally saying after his 10-year term, his deputy Ruto would also rule for 10 years.
Gachoka’s remarks, who has made his name in political and media corridors, add to the narrative that Raila will be endorsed in 2022 to serve for one-term.
The comments also come time when BBI debate is ranging, which proposes changes in the Executive.