So far, Gideon Moi is the most unanalysed 2022 presidential aspirant. We must start a conversation around him—or overlook him at our own risk.
Be that as it may, there is no doubt that the man, who was recently installed Kalenjin spokesperson by the Talai clan, is fit for the top job. And going by his latest moves, he is clearly making inroads in various regions in preparation for 2022.
During his meeting with the sons and daughters of Mumbi at Sagana State Lodge last week, the resident Uhuru Kenyatta said when his time comes, he will pull his long-awaited surprise. I have a hunch that Gideon will be the ‘surprise’ that the President has been flashing in our faces, and if that is the case, the Kanu chairman is definitely ‘toko tai’ (still ahead).
If my prediction is right, then Gideon will be the force that will face the Hustler Nation come 2022.
And he will not be a bad choice. Gideon has never refused anyone from politically sifting him, weighing him, and examining his heart regarding his presidency. And since all seems quiet, I beg to open this podium and present to Kenya through this column, just like I have presented Mudavandi, Kalonzo, Mutua, Ruto and Kibwana; behold the leader of Kenya’s grand old party, Kanu, Gideon Moi for 2022 presidency. But why Gideon?
Gideon Moi has managed to maintain and revamp Kanu. Unlike many other parties which are fraught with internal wrangles, Kanu is relatively stable, organised and consistent.
Moreover, Gideon Moi has not differed with majority kingpins including Uhuru Kenyatta, Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka, Mudavandi. He remains largely neutral and accommodative.
This makes him a sure bet should Uhuru propose him to the rest of the pack. He has also remained loyal to the president and his government regardless of the two coming from different political divides.
Notably, Gideon has gone around the country promoting BBI without shouting that he is eyeing the presidential ballot in 2022. Only David Murathe and Francis Atwoli can refute the hypothesis I am putting forward; I have said it here, that when the history of 2022 is written, it will be told that the two honchos birthed politicians through influence — something very unnatural in politics.
Like the president, Murathe and Atwoli have been imperceptibly speaking to Kenyans using sign language while pointing their tongues towards Kabarak. Which Kabarak? Kabarak home!
Although Rift Valley will be a battleground between Gideon and his ‘brother’ William Ruto, if supported by regional kingpins, he is a smooth Davidic stone to hustler nation.
There are several reasons why Uhuru might endorse Gideon. The second one will surprise you. First, Gideon has a good track record, he is soft-spoken and, unlike DP Ruto, shows shrewd disinterest in 2022 politics.
Second, perhaps it is time for Uhuru to pay back the good that Daniel arap Moi did to him in 2002. I could choose to bury my head in the sand on this, but I won’t. It wasn’t easy for President Moi to endorse a young inexperienced Uhuru in 2002 amid political muscle-flexing heavyweights like Raila, Kalonzo, Mudavandi, and Prof George Saitoti.
It was a painful sacrifice. Fortunately, Uhuru wouldn’t go through what Moi went through if he decides to endorse Gideon. Unlike Uhuru in 2002, Gideon has built a profile, and will be easy to sell if political cards are thrown wisely.
Third, and which is another face of the first, Uhuru has a few neutral choices — for Gideon, it’s definitely an Oedipus oracle (set during 1978, when Kenyatta left power to Moi) that Uhuru would be endorsed president and 20 years later, he’d repay the good deed of the father to the son. In all these matters, the gods are not to blame!
Nevertheless, like other candidates, Gideon has some goliaths to bring down on his way to State House. First, the Rift Valley vote is highly divided between him and Ruto. Much of his political savings must come from other parts of the country, and there is nothing wrong with that.
What about Raila? I have proposed before that if Raila wants to compete well in 2022, he should do so as a kingmaker. Thus, among the many candidates, I have always proposed for Raila to support, add Gideon Moi. Case closed!