Details on what Interior Secretary Fred Matiang’ I has been up to in attempt to mold the succession contest in the impending August election have finally emerged.
The CS is a supporter of President Uhuru Kenyatta who has endorsed ODM leader Raila Odinga as the best contender to succeed him (Uhuru).
It has since been discovered that he is one of the people responsible for Uhuru’s success in bringing Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka into Azimio La Umoja.
Kalonzo said on Thursday that he and Azimio will soon reach a deal, adding that Matiang’ I has been in control of the negotiations.
Speaking in Kisii, he confessed that Matiang’ I was among those who persuaded him to participate in the negotiations, praising the CS as a guy dedicated to the country’s unity.
The former Vice President indicated that he accepted to get lured into the impending OKA- Azimio deal because he, too, wants a united Kenya.
” We are focused on uniting the country and improving the lives of Kenyans, ” he is quoted by The Standard.
It is critical to emphasize that he was a challenging leader who stated unequivocally that he would never work with Raila again unless Raila supported his campaign.
He earlier indicated that endorsing Raila for the third time, after serving as his presidential running mate twice, would be the biggest mistake he could do.
On Thursday, however, he switched his attitude and announced that he is now ready to rejoin the former Prime Minister, anticipating a great victory for them this time.
” The time to win the presidency in the first round is in the making. We are in talks to make this a reality. We are in talks with like- minded leaders, ” he quoted.
His words come as his fellow OKA co-principals, Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Wetangula, have left the alliance to campaign for Deputy President William Ruto, Azimio’s major opponent in the race.