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Kindiki adds voice to running mate debate

By Wangu Kanuri January 23rd, 2024 2 min read

Interior Cabinet Secretary Professor Kithure Kindiki has distanced himself from emerging talk he indicating he is the ideal replacement for Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua ahead of the 2027 presidential elections.

On the day President William Ruto called for a stop to succession politics, Kindiki, who has been mentioned alongside Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro as the probable running mate, termed the talk tactless and primitive.

President Ruto has assigned me the role of championing his Administration’s programs for the transformation of our Country into a sustainably safe homeland for this and future generations. This sensitive role demands relentless focus and total abstinence from all manner of distracting misadventures. The ongoing debate ought to stop, but if it must proceed, I respectfully request that my name should not be dragged into it. May God bless Kenya,” he wrote on X (formerly Twitter).

The comments come a day after a section of Mount Kenya East leaders reminded their counterparts that ‘the position Gachagua occupied was meant for Prof Kindiki.’

The leaders cited by Nation.Africa said that while they prefer not to involve him in the current struggle for political dominance in Mt Kenya West, they believe that if Gachagua were to be replaced in 2027, the Cabinet Secretary would be the ideal candidate to take his place.

They also argued that President Ruto should consider supporting Prof Kindiki for the country’s top job in 2032.

On his part, DP Gachagua has told off his critics saying he is focused on delivering on his mandate as the Deputy President and does not mix issues.

Reiterating his earlier sentiments, the second-in-command while in a meeting with Members of the County Assembly of Nyandarua at his Official Residence in Karen termed the succession politics as childish.

“We have barely come from election one and a half years. People want service. They want to know about farming, milk, road and electricity. Why are we engaging in talks about elections?” he asked.

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