Baringo Senator Gideon Moi has warned rivals to prepare for a bruising battle as he makes his first stab at the Presidency in the 2022 polls.
Moi the independent party –Kanu chairman charged those underestimating his candidacy to watch his pace.
Sources who confided in us, said that Gideon the last born of the late Daniel Arap Moi, has stepped up campaigns by holding strategy meetings with advisers and regional leaders and touring various counties to consolidate support.
“Just watch this space. Senator Moi is on the verge of crafting a well-oiled campaign machine,” said a close aide who requested anonymity.
Gideon has been instrumental in the formation of the One Kenya Alliance (OKA) bringing together Amani National Congress leader Musalia Mudavadi, Wiper’s Kalonzo Musyoka and Ford Kenya’s supremo Moses Wetangula.
But should the alliance fail to endorse Gideon as its flagbearer, sources say he could go it alone without the support of the other three leaders.
The Frontier Post has also learnt that the independence party has now enlisted the services of seasoned consultants and research teams to revitalize its activities and political messaging.
“It’s work in progress. The party has rolled its sleeves. It’s no longer about the future but now. The elections are fast approaching and we are serious and will turn the tables in the nick of time,” said a source.
The Gideon Moi led party is also banking on youth vote and is said to have formed the Kanu Youth Congress ‘Jukwaa’, a team of young shrewd political operatives to recruit new youthful members.
“The Jukwaa has already toured 30 counties. We are bringing more youth on board. We want to empower them. It’s a new way of making Kanu fresh and a party of choice,” said Kanu Youth Coordinator Cornelius Rono.
The party is aggressively recruiting the youth and integrating them into active political participation and decision-making organs of the party.
The party wants to ride on the more than 10 million registered voters who are youths, according to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, to catapult itself into power.
Gideon has been using the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) to give the party more visibility in the counties, including those outside the chairman’s Rift Valley backyard.
However, Rono said a high youth number will give the party an edge over its competitors in 2022.
Kanu’s overall turnaround started last year when Gideon constituted a standing committee following an internal resolution to expand the party’s grassroots support and strengthen the women league.
Kanu secretary General Nick Salat are in the process of re-branding and teaming up with like-minded individuals.
Gideon’s allies William Kamket (Tiaty) and Naisula Lesuda (Samburu West) are leading forays in Rift Valley to stop Deputy President William Ruto support in the voter rich region.
In Northern Kenya, the party is relying on Wajir Kanu boss and member of the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) Sheikh Ibrahim.
Ibrahim, who is also the party acting treasurer, has had a warm relationship with Gideon and contested the Wajir North parliamentary seat on a Kanu ticket in the last election.
It’s through his lobbying that a former governor from NEP is now warming up to the party.
In Nyanza and Western, Kanu is relying on the support and mobilization of its secretary for legal affairs Gordon Ogolla.
In the Coast region, Gideon is relying on its long-serving organizing secretary Abdulrahman Bafadhil, while George Wainaina, the party’s executive director and women congress official Grace Karuga are in charge of Mt Kenya region.