A Kisii politician has told President Uhuru Kenyatta to concentrate on his legacy projects and avoid succession politics.

Governor hopeful Rachael Otundo, who is also Gusii Governance Watch secretary, said the era where sitting presidents endorsed leaders to succeed them is long gone.

Otundo, however, added that Uhuru has a right to give his blessings to any hopeful but should not impose him or her on the people.

Otundo, who is allied to the hustler nation, said the President rose to power not because he was endorsed by former presidents Daniel Moi and Mwai Kibaki but because of the legacy left by his late father—the founding President Jomo Kenyatta.

“Kenyans are very clever when it comes to political matters unlike in the past. They should be left to make their own choice free of coercion or intimidation,” she told the press in her office on Monday.

She further noted that the win by UDA in the Kiambaa by-election was a clear indication that Jubilee is losing its popularity. She said DP William Ruto is gaining more because of the hustler narrative of the bottom-up economy.

The activist said the electorate is currently keen on political happenings and cannot be hoodwinked into voting a person they do not want.

“The Kiambaa vote was a litmus test for the ruling party Jubilee, which is being headed by President Kenyatta. The people of Kiambaa demonstrated that they cannot be coerced or intimidated,” she said.

Jubilee has since threatened to challenge Kiambaa results on the grounds that the ballot was not conducted in a free and fair manner. IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati said it was free and fair.

Otundo said a scenario where some leaders are forming coalitions to face Deputy President William Ruto in the State House race is an indication the latter is a force to reckon with.

“I am wondering why two or so political leaders in Kenya are ganging up against DP Ruto. They should come out and face him individually and not as a group.

“Let our leaders engage in issue-oriented politics and not mudslinging or character assassination. It is time to tell Kenyans how to change their lives and not empty rhetoric,” Otundo said.

On Tuesday, leaders from Mt Kenya backed ODM leader Raila Odinga in his bid to State House next year.



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