Jakaya Kikwete: I See No Fault In Uhuru Campaigning For Raila

Kikwete stated that Uhuru has the right to choose who to vote for.

Former Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete defended President Uhuru Kenyatta’s decision to back Azimio la Umoja.

Kikwete stated that Uhuru has the right to choose who to vote for.

“President Uhuru to involve himself in the elections is okay, he is also  Kenyan, he has a right to express his thoughts,” he said.

The retired president spoke on Monday at Serena Hotel in Nairobi.

His remarks came amid increased calls from DP William Ruto for Uhuru to step back and let him deal with Azimio presidential candidate Raila Odinga face to face.

Uhuru endorsed Raila as his preferred successor, which Ruto, his former political soulmate turned critic, saw as a betrayal.

However, Kikwete stated that the outgoing president has the right, as a Kenyan citizen, to associate politically with whomever he wishes.

“Rais Uhuru kujihusisha na uchaguzi ni sawa, ni mkenya na ana haki ila mimi sioni tatizo lolote yeye kuamua kuungana na mtu.”

The former Tanzanian president, who arrived in Kenya on Monday, will lead the East African Community observer mission in Kenya’s general election on August 9.

The mission will consist of approximately 52 observers from EAC member states who will be in the country to observe the elections from August 1 to August 12, 2022.

Kikwete noted that Kenya had maintained peace throughout the campaign.

“So much appreciation to Kenyans for being calm up to this point where the campaigns are at a climax,” Kikwete said.

He urged Kenyans to maintain peace even after the elections.