After more than 500 political rallies all over the country campaigning to get re-elected, Kenya’s President showed how much he wanted the job. His opponent, Raila Odinga with not more than 250 rallies country wide evidently showed that age was either catching up with him or he knew from the word ‘go’ that Uhuru Kenyatta was going to win it. So maybe Raila wondered, why bother with so many rallies and waste too much resources?
Raila’s allies from the Kamba & Luhya strongholds however brought in some numerals the former Prime Minister never expected. The presidency seemed almost possible to him now. He vowed to put up a fight a little bit too late.
His NASA self-proclaimed commander Miguna Miguna staged a treasonous act. Ignoring the Supreme Court and the Constitution, Miguna went above the law and hurried to swear in Raila as Kenya’s President. The People’s President, he called him. Laws of the land were in jeopardy.
Contrary to what the outsiders waited for, Uhuru Kenyatta didn’t act in haste as his opponents did. If he wanted, he could have pushed for Raila and his allies to be prosecuted for treason. He could have also gone the text-book way where he could have banished his opponents from the country.
If President Uhuru Kenyatta did not maintain a calm head, the country would have sunk into ethnic wars fueled by political ambitions. The President however went the patriotic way. He knew, ousting Raila, no matter how right legally he could have been, it could have brought chaos in the country. He chose country over personal ambition.
Raila Odinga knowing he could not beat Uhuru in a repeat election chose to boycott. Uhuru took the day. He was sworn in constitutionally. There followed a series of events where the opposition leader called for his followers to boycott anything related to the government. This would not however work. The opposition leader agreed to have a sit-down with the President.
Raila was rather surprised. Other passed presidents treated him with hostility whenever the Presidential elections had issues. President Uhuru showed him a different path. He showed the Kibaki era Prime Minister that they can actually work together in an all inclusive atmosphere. The ex-PM yielded.
In a country that has always had strong opposition figures, to have an opposition leader supporting the government might go down in history as a once-in-a-lifetime affair. The political genius of the President has cultivated an atmosphere of inclusion in the country. The Deputy President, confused by the President’s maneuvers yielded to fear. He went out on a lone path ambitiously. With his millions, he has tried to pull the churches to his side. He has tried implementing youth projects. While his ambitions circles him down to little projects in search of sympathy votes come 2022, his boss is about to sign the biggest US-Africa deal in history. The deal, a trade agreement, will lift both Kenya and the Sub-Saharan Africa to unimaginable heights.
The Kenyan President is the only President to have visited the US white house twice during the Trump era. Trump, an ‘art of the deal’ master has met his equal. Their relationship has birthed the best US-Africa Trade Agreement in the making.