Both everyone and anyone are Kenyatta’s favoured successors

Prayer Breakfast

From left: Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka, ODM Party leader Raila Odinga, President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto during the 16th annual Kenya National Prayer Breakfast at Safari Park Hotel in Nairobi on May 31, 2018.

Photo credit: Jeff Angote | Nation Media Group

What you need to know:

  • President Uhuru Kenyatta’s fidelity to the presidential succession playbook is impressive.
  • His pool of possible successors is more heavily and indiscriminately populated than anyone else’s, with diverse players across the political aisle. 

Who was President Jomo Kenyatta’s chosen successor? Constitutionally, one could argue, Daniel arap Moi, who in any event eventually succeeded him after Kenyatta’s death in office. On proper analysis, however, the more realistic answer may be anyone or everyone. 

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