KANU chairman who doubles as Baringo Senator Gideon Moi’s influence in government has grown immensely since his party signed a post-election coalition deal with Jubilee in May.
The fruits of handshake somewhat like ODM leader Raila Odinga has played a pivotal role in the political life of Gideon Moi who now sways across the government, looking like to a man President Uhuru Kenyatta could be grooming for a bigger job after his own ends in 2022.
Senator Gideon has made an immense close working relation with Uhuru and Raila in what is believed can give birth to a new formation that would compete the branded Tanga Tanga diehards.
The Baringo senator’s long friendship with Uhuru, dates back to their days at Nairobi’s St Mary’s School in the late 1970s, this has propelled Gideon to the centre of power. Today, President Kenyatta consults with Gideon Moi more often on a wide range of issues.Senior government officials, including Cabinet Secretaries, Permanent Secretaries and heads of parastatals also consult the senator about their dockets.
West Pokot Senator Samuel Poghisio (KANU) told Hello News in a phone interview that Gideon now has the ear of the President even more than before and his chairman is an ambitious man in the list of 2022 presidential candidates. He is part of the team that is charting the good lines that would lead at the national level.
Tiaty Mp William Kamket said that Senator Gideon is gaining support within and out of rift valley and that is good for his political ambition.”He is yet to show all his cards,” Kamket added.
The Senator has stretched beyond Kenyan territories and has moved to the East Africa and beyond, developing a close relationship with Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni, Rwanda’s Paul Kagame and Malawai’s Lazarus Chakwera.
Ordinarily, Ruto would have been the one representing the President. However, Gideon was Uhuru’s representative alongside some of his allies, including KANU Secretary General Nick Salat. They were flown by military plane to Lilongwe and back. The meteoric rise of Gideon’s profile in government has further pushed Ruto to the periphery of government.
Barely three months ago, has Gideon’s efforts been felt in the running of the government. His great influence has been more pronounced in changes made by president Uhuru in parastatal leadership, where his allies got plum posts two weeks ago.
“Gideon can act like the DP of this country; he can even be given chase cars as he wants but the people of Mt Kenya cannot go back to KANU. Even with KANU in government now, we are already sliding to those dark days of dictatorship,” Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro said.
The duo has not gone without critics as political games never lack those who must speak for or against. Apart of such critics are as real as;
“If you tell Gideon and Raila that you did not eat last night, they would ask you if it was because there was no cooking gas or electricity. They have no idea what it means to go without food. Enough is enough with the dynasties.”