Baringo Senator Gideon Moi has hit the ground running as the race for the country’s top seat bears shape.
The Standard on Friday, March 13 reported that the legislator is expected to hold a meeting with 1,000 delegates from Central Kenya, a move perceived as key to his 2022 presidential campaign.
“He is a politician and a leader, and so he is preparing himself because the General Election is not far away,” Alex Kiprotich, Gideon’s PA stated, noting that the meeting had political significance.
With the move, Moi appears to be eyeing a region which has been considered President Uhuru Kenyatta’s backyard, which seems to be shifting in favour of Deputy President William Ruto.
After inheriting his father’s baton, following the late former head of state Daniel Arap Moi’s demise, Gideon has held several other meetings in a bid to position himself for the country’s top job.
The publication reported that in the meeting, they will discuss matters of national significance, including the need to throw weight behind President Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga in the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI).
The Kanu leader is reportedly in the process of readying the party for the next General Election.
Gideon has in the past days held a meeting with delegates from across the country at his Kabarak home, amidst the family’s culturally obligated mourning period of 40 days since Moi’s passing.
“They are coming here to condole with the family and make them feel that they are still of huge importance. Mzee, having united the country for 25 years since he took over from Jomo Kenyatta in 1978, the family feels it is a legacy worth maintaining,” the publication quoted one of the meeting organisers.
A number of interdenominational prayers have been held at the family’s home, with religious leaders asking the lawmaker to follow in the footsteps of Mzee Moi.
In the previous week, Gideon hosted Siaya Governor Cornell Rasanga accompanied by a delegation of leaders from Nyanza, where discussions among them the BBI report were matters of interest.