With indications that President Uhuru Kenyatta will begin campaigning for his preferred presidential candidate, Raila Odinga, soon after June 1st, political expert Herman Manyora has advised him against holding public rallies.
Manyora believes that a private meeting with leaders is preferable to Uhuru’s 200 public rallies, which he believes will be more damaging to Raila than engaging in ‘behind the scenes’ politics.
According to him, the president should avoid any public rally where he is invited to campaign for the Azimio La Umoja One Kenya Alliance presidential candidate, particularly in the Mount Kenya region, where residents may heckle him, jeopardizing Raila’s State House ambitions.
“If Uhuru is to support Raila, he will provide him with the ideal campaign strategy: behind the scenes. His priorities are to talk to people groups, offer incentives here and there, and reassure the Kalonzos.”
“You should also consider that Mt Kenya has previously been hostile to him and that they may heckle him. This would reflect negatively on both his and Raila’s campaigns. He should exercise extreme caution in his campaign for Raila “According to Manyora.
Other political experts believe that if Uhuru is elected, Kenyans will label Raila as a project, a label that they claim was softened when he chose Martha Karua as his running mate over Sabina Chege or Peter Kenneth, as offered by the Jubilee party.
Listen to Manyora’s sentiments in this VIDEO at Minute 13.