President Uhuru Kenyatta has yet again given a strong indication that he will step down after the expiry of his presidential term in 2022.
In what seemed like a response to sustained calls by some leaders for him to go for the prime minister’s seat as proposed in the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report, President Kenyatta said he will prioritise spending time with his family.
“No one will be at work all his life, you must come back to stay with your family,” the Head of State said.
The President had requested the congregation to leave the function early to attend a family gathering.
“You know if I don’t attend this family meeting, I will be admonished and told that every time there is such a family meeting, I don’t attend while at the end of my time I will go home and be with them,” President Kenyatta said.
He was speaking on Sunday, January 26, at AIC Milimani during the coronation of the new presiding bishop Abraham Mulwa and his deputy Paul Kirui.
The event was attended by his deputy, Dr William Ruto and his wife, Rachel.
Others were Cabinet Secretaries Fred Matiangi (Interior), Charles Keter (Energy), Prof George Magoha (Education), Simon Chelugui (Labour) and Prof Margaret Kobia (Public Services) and a host of governors and MPs.
Last year, in November, Uhuru while addressing a meeting with Central Kenya leaders at Sagana State Lodge, said he wouldn’t mind being a leadership position, post-presidency.
Former Jubilee Party vice-chairman David Murathe has repeatedly insisted that President Kenyatta might remain in power, but in a different capacity, after the expiry of his presidential term in 2022.
Murathe has held that once the new political dispensation envisaged in the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report comes into force, Kenyatta will have the right to vie for any post since he will remain the de facto leader of Jubilee Party, and could even claim the proposed post of Prime Minister.
While on the other hand, Deputy President William Ruto has declared that President Uhuru Kenyatta will not extend his rule beyond 2022.
“I do not believe the President has any plans to change the Constitution to extend the presidential term limit. I say this because I know the President and he respects democracy. And, for the avoidance of doubt, the Jubilee Party has no scheme to change the Constitution and take back this country to the dark days of politics where power stuck in one corner,” he said the burial of area MP Rigathi Gachagua’s mother, Martha Kirigo Gachagua