NAIROBI, 27 January 2021 – Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has said he still has time to deliver on his agenda, adding that he still has time to roar like a lion.
“Let me remind you all, though I am retiring. There are still some days left to roar like a lion,” Uhuru said Tuesday while commissioning the construction of a leadership police academy and 210 housing units in Ngong, a neighborhood of the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.
“There are some people who look at me and think I have nothing I can do since my time is up,” Uhuru said before claiming that his critics are yet to see his better days.
Uhuru recently signaled that he would not be opposed to end the Kikuyu-Kalenjin domination of the Kenyan presidency.
All of Kenya’s four presidents since independence have been natives of the Kalenjin and Kikuyu communities.
“Maybe it’s time for other tribes to lead. Kenya has many communities,” Uhuru said to a standing ovation.
Many interpreted the remarks to mean Uhuru would not support his Deputy President, William Ruto, becoming president after him.
Uhuru has also warned that he is firmly in charge of government affairs.
Observers and diplomats in Nairobi say these may be early signs of a political divorce that could come to the fore just ahead of the 2022 presidential election.
Ruto has read the signs, too, and has said he would like Uhuru to stop what he calls “threats and blackmail”.
Ruto has said Kenya’s next head of state will be elected on the bases of the policies they propose to Kenyans, not on their ethnicity.