Magazine article New African

Moi Gets His Man! President Arap Moi Has Finally Got His Chosen Heir Nominated as His Successor. (around Africa: Kenya)

Magazine article New African

Moi Gets His Man! President Arap Moi Has Finally Got His Chosen Heir Nominated as His Successor. (around Africa: Kenya)

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Uhuru Kenyatta has already pledged to President Arap Moi the one sure thing he (Moi) would expect of him: "seek his advice on running the country". Shortly after the ruling KANU party had endorsed him as its presidential candidate for next month's (December) elections, thanks to months of cajoling and bullying by Moi, Uhuru who only recently became a minister and who, according to Moi himself, is a "young man who can be guided", lost no time in telling his cheering supporters that he would "seek [Moi's] advice on running the country". "If elected, I will serve Kenya with all my soul, all my heart and body," Uhuru told the adoring crowd. That was music to Moi's ears. In return, the Old Man assured Uhuru: "I will be with you all the way to ensure all KANU candidates win." It was like two young lovers meeting for the first time.

Uhuru was declared presidential candidate unopposed. He was proposed by Musalia Mudavadi and seconded by Katana Ngala, both party vice-chairmen (Uhuru is also a party vice-chairman himself). He was subsequently endorsed by 4,500 delegates from all constituencies across the country gathered at KANU's convention. …

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