The deal and deal makers in Kibaki’s 2002 victory

Narc leaders (from left) Mrs Ngilu, Mr Wamalwa, Mr Kibaki, Mr Odinga, Mr Musyoka and Mr Saitoti in a show of solidarity after Mr Odinga declared “Kibaki Tosha”. Photo/FILE

What you need to know:

  • Although Mr Kibaki was the main beneficiary of the manoeuvring that led to Narc ousting the Kanu government, he was a very reluctant, even ignorant, actor in the proceedings, leaving others to do battle for him.
  • Behind-the-scenes manoeuvring by former Vice-President Moody Awori and Cabinet minister George Saitoti succeeded in convincing Mr Odinga to make the Kibaki Tosha declaration that served as the springboard for Mr Kbaki’s successful bid for State House.
  • The radicals in the Raila group did not entirely trust any of the conservatives, be they Kibaki or Nyachae, and hoped to manipulate the situation to a position in which they would be calling the shots.

Mwai Kibaki’s rise to the presidency is famously attributed to the declaration “Kibaki Tosha” (Kibaki is the one) made by Raila Odinga at Uhuru Park on October 14, 2002, two months before the election that year.

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