Does succession debate threaten Uhuru’s legacy?


By IBRAHIM ORUKO
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A year after President Uhuru Kenyatta was re-elected for his second — and final — term, Kenya is in the throes of yet another round of campaigns that could impact his legacy, and his March 9, 2018 “handshake” deal with opposition leader Raila Odinga.

In a country used to protracted electioneering paralysis, this is not entirely new. But it has somewhat imploded in the ruling party Jubilee, threatening a split between the president’s and the deputy president’s sides.

At the heart of the row is the presidential succession, with Deputy President William Ruto and his allies hoping for a handover of the baton. But some of the president’s allies are trying to block Mr Ruto, a move that has deeply divided President Kenyatta’s support base in central…

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