Moi hints at Kanu backing Jubilee Party

Moves being watched closely

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Baringo Senator Gideon Moi. PHOTO: NMG

Kanu’s mixed signals has led to many believing the party might just back President Uhuru Kenyatta’s reelection in the August polls.

The party has been flip-flopping on its association with the Opposition on the issue of the proposed super alliance popularly known as NASA.

Baringo Senator Gideon Moi, during his campaigns in parts of the vote-rich Rift Valley has been speaking ill of the reelection of Jubilee, hinting at joining the Opposition’s National Super Alliance.

But last week, Moi sided with Jubilee Senators to pass controversial election laws, which Raila Odinga and other Cord leaders say will be used by Jubilee to rig the looming General Election.

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President Uhuru Kenyatta and former President Daniel Moi who shaped his political career. PHOTO: THE STAR

Moi’s move during voting left the Opposition a disturbed lot, more so considering it suffered a big blow as it was fighting the proposed legislation. Voting happened just after the independence party Chairman criticised the amendments to the laws, telling the Senate plenary to “watch my vote.”

Pundits however reckon that Uhuru and Moi, both sons of former presidents, are buddies. It is believed the son of the Kenya’s second Head of State, aspires to succeed Uhuru and would therefore not to block his reelection in August.

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Moi’s family, it is believed, is plotting to counter the already declared Deputy President William Ruto’s shot at presidency in 2022.

“What Moi is doing is preparing the ground to succeed Uhuru as President in 2022. His ambitions have set him against Ruto, who harbours the same dreams,” political analyst Richard Bukea noted as quoted in the Star.

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Deputy President William Ruto. Him and Gideon Moi want to succeed Uhuru in 2017. PHOTO: BUSINESS TODAY

Also worth noting is that Moi’s political ally – West Pokot Senator John Lonyangapuo – voted against the Bill on the Second Reading but backed it on the Third Reading, saying Kanu is playing the role of a mediator in stabilising the country.

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When asked whether Kanu will attend Wednesday’s Cord meeting at the Bomas of Kenya, Lonyangapuo who was recently endorsed by Pokot elders to vie for governorship, noted it was too early for Kanu to side with any coalition.