Strong gover­nor likely to be­come 2022 Pres­i­dent

The Star (Kenya) - - Voices -

Kenya is of­fi­cially in a cam­paign mood ahead of 2017. Ev­ery politi­cian, po­lit­i­cal party and coali­tion is mak­ing fran­tic ef­forts to get to power. The IEBC is also re­struc­tur­ing, fol­low­ing calls for elec­toral re­forms by the op­po­si­tion. The ju­di­ciary hasn’t been left be­hind. With the ap­point­ment of Chief Jus­tice David Maraga, Deputy Chief Jus­tice Philom­ena Mwilu and judge Isaac Le­naola, the Supreme Court is ready for any pres­i­den­tial elec­tion pe­ti­tions. The po­lice re­cruited and is now pre­par­ing to grad­u­ate some of the re­cruits to se­cure the coun­try dur­ing the polls. But there is a group we can’t ig­nore: The Coun­cil of Gov­er­nors. A num­ber of gov­er­nors have de­clared in­ter­est in run­ning for Pres­i­dent in 2022. The big­gest rea­son I think a cur­rent gover­nor may be­come Pres­i­dent or Deputy Pres­i­dent lies here. Look­ing at all those men­tioned, they are po­lit­i­cal big wigs and have sub­stan­tial fol­low­ing in their back­yards.

SAM WETUNGU Kakamega county

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