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

The never-ending battle to take Kenyatta's place at the 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.

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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