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After Kenyatta: the never-ending battle to take State House
From left to right: William Ruto, Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga. © Monica Mwangi/Reuters

After Kenyatta: the never-ending battle to take State House

The handshake between former opposition leader Raila Odinga and newly re-elected president Uhuru Kenyatta got the campaign to succeed Kenyatta off to a premature start. Odinga has been battling since then against William Ruto, who has himself been abandoned by the head of state. The seemingly never-ending campaign for the presidential elections, which are due to take place on 9 August 2022, has crystalised around the Building Bridges Initiative, a constitutional referendum.

From left to right: William Ruto, Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga. © Monica Mwangi/Reuters
KENYA Politics 24/06/2022
Presidential candidate William Ruto and his running mate Rigathi Gachagua (on left).
Presidential candidate William Ruto and his running mate Rigathi Gachagua (on left). © Thomas Mukoya/Reuters

Ruto campaign in damage control mode after running mate's gaffes 

Deputy President William Ruto's campaign team is exasperated by the failure of his running mate, Rigathi Gachagua, to toe the official line. Communications advisers in the Kenya Kwanza coalition have had to deal with a string of polemics sparked by Gachagua's speeches and by comments on social media by some of Ruto's more vocal allies. [...]

Focus KENYA Politics 20/06/2022
Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) and Apostolic Bishop Margaret Wanjiru in September 2010.
Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) and Apostolic Bishop Margaret Wanjiru in September 2010. © STR/EPA/MaxPPP

Shillings, prayers and votes: democracy in a very religious country 

Kenya's top clerics are key pieces on the political chessboard as the country heads for the polls. Both presidential front-runners, are desperate to win the large Pentecostal vote. We delve behind-the-scenes of political preaching and fundraising to explore the role of religion in the campaign. [...]

KENYA Diplomacy 27/05/2022
The chair of the African Union Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat (left) and the Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta at opening of the 9th Africities summit in Kisumu on 17 May 2022.
The chair of the African Union Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat (left) and the Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta at opening of the 9th Africities summit in Kisumu on 17 May 2022. © State House Kenya/Twitter

Kenyatta champions devolution with one eye on presidential election 

There was a big turnout of allies of the Kenyan president in Kisumu, the country's third largest city, for the pan-African Africities summit. It was one of his last opportunities to score a diplomatic success before the end of his second and final term, as well as a chance to exert his influence on the imminent presidential election. [...]

SpotlightEAST AFRICA Diplomacy 23/03/2022
Kenyan presidential candidate Raila Odinga in the UK on 15 March 2022, here with UK Defence Secretary James Heappey (left).
Kenyan presidential candidate Raila Odinga in the UK on 15 March 2022, here with UK Defence Secretary James Heappey (left). © Raila Odinga/Twitter

Raila Odinga aiming to become Horn of Africa's peace champion 

Back in Kenya after a week in the UK, presidential candidate Raila Odinga has been giving attention to his foreign policy credentials. To attract the favours of the West, he has highlighted Kenya's role as a peacemaker in the Horn of Africa, a region riven by civil wars and political crises. [...]

KENYA Politics 07/01/2022
Kenyan Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairman Wafula Chebukati.
Kenyan Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairman Wafula Chebukati. © Reuters

Electoral Commission chair caught in crossfire between Ruto and Kenyatta 

It is shaping up to be a bruising year for Wafula Chebukati, whose job it is to ensure a free and fair general election in August after an extremely long and divisive campaign. The Electoral Commission head is already in the sights of the frontrunners, namely Deputy President William Ruto and Uhuru Kenyatta's favoured successor, Raila Odinga. [...]

SpotlightKENYA Politics 17/08/2021
Kwawga Group of Companies CEO Jimmy Wanjigi has joined the race to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta in the 2022 general election..
Kwawga Group of Companies CEO Jimmy Wanjigi has joined the race to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta in the 2022 general election.. © Jimi Wanjigi Twitter account @JimiWanjigi

Tycoon Jimmy Wanjigi poised to fund William Ruto's presidential campaign 

Kenya's political class is holding its breath as it waits for business magnate Jimmy Wanjigi to make a definitive stand on next year's general election. The tycoon first pledged his support to Musalia Mudavadi, before announcing his own candidacy and then approaching front runner William Ruto. [...]

KENYA Politics 16/04/2021
Musalia Mudavadi (left) and Mukhisa Kituyi (right) are positioning themselves to replace Raila Odinga as Uhuru Kenyatta's runner-up.
Musalia Mudavadi (left) and Mukhisa Kituyi (right) are positioning themselves to replace Raila Odinga as Uhuru Kenyatta's runner-up. © BR/KLG/Reuters/Martial Tressini/EPA/Newscom/MaxPPP

Presidential hopefuls seize on Odinga rift to woo Kenyatta 

While Kenyatta favourite Raila Odinga reaches out to the opposition, Musalia Mudavadi and Mukhisa Kituyi have called on their sponsors to support their bid in State House to be designated as the president's new candidate. [...]

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