Former cabinet minister Joseph Nyaga is rebranding himself in Uhuru Kenyatta’ succession race come 2022.
Nyaga seems to have learned altogether after two attempts at the highest office in the land that he needs to put his act together. This time, he will be making another stab among lesser weight politicians, save for William Ruto who has built a war chest using his position in Uhuru’s government as second in command.
Meanwhile, following the famous handshake between Uhuru and former Raila Odinga on March 9th last year that brought peace and tranquility in the country after the hotly contested 2017 general elections, if the former prime minister was to make a fifth try then, Nyaga may have some deeper calculations to do.
Nyaga, the son of Jomo Kenyatta first cabinet member, the late Jeremiah Nyaga, has a wealth of experience in corporate, political and religious scene where in and out of public glare he has operated.
Another factor that will be effective Nyaga’s arsenal in the race both in Central Kenya and nationally is the Sacco movements throughout the country, which has fully been behind him for many years.
It will be prudent to recall that Nyaga was in the unity opposition following a fallout in Kanu in 2002 that brought Kibaki to power and in 2007 was in Raila’s decision-making organ for that year’s election, Pentagon, that almost wrestled power from Kibaki, representing the Central Kenya region.
Raila now at 75 years may or may not run, and because he is playing is cards close to his chest, no one knows what he might do when he is not running but Kenyans know the cordial relationship that has been there between Nyaga and the former prime minister and by extension Nyaga’s late father and the Mbeere, Embu and Meru communities.