The man or woman who succeeds Uhuru must deliver Central Kenya votes to Deputy President William Ruto who is eyeing for the presidency after Kenyatta’s exit.
But who are the most likely people to succeed Uhuru in 2022 and keep the Central Kenya voting bloc united?
Note that Mt Kenya region consists of Meru, Embu, Tharaka Nithi, Kirinyaga, Kiambu, Murang’a, Nyeri, Nyandarua, Laikipia and Nakuru counties.
First, Senate Deputy Speaker Kithure Kindiki and Tharaka Nithi Senator have been taunted as a possible Ruto’s running mate and therefore de-facto Uhuru’s successor.
He, however, doesn’t command influence, if any, especially among Kikuyus.
Current Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru’s name is also being tossed around. Waiguru was instrumental in forming the Jubilee Women’s Brigade that led to Uhuru’s campaign for the October 26 rerun.
However, the big question is, would she be able to succeed Uhuru as Central region kingpin? Many will agree that the answer is not in the affirmative.
Former Kiambu Governor William Kabogo is also among the top possible replacements of Uhuru but the main problem is that he hails from the same county with Uhuru.
This may complicate his mathematics, especially where counties like Murang’a feel that they ought to give the next regional leader.
Former Kigumo MP Jamleck Kamau and former presidential candidate Peter Kenneth are also being considered as possible Uhuru’s successors.
While Kenneth has high chances, Kamau isn’t much viable.
Finally, Devolution CS Mwangi Kiunjuri is being perceived as a possible and strong Uhuru successor who can be Ruto’s running mate.
That said, whoever succeeds Uhuru must in totality deliver Central region votes to Ruto in 2022 or Rift Valley peace will be greatly shaken.