By Standard Reporter
With the launch of his own first political alliance on Sunday, Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta hit the trickiest and hardest stretch of his political career.
It is a stretch littered by the set of hurdles erected by his indictment by International Criminal Court at The Hague , Netherlands over grave crimes against humanity, for which he has the option of
attending a crucial session of the court next month.
This will be less than less than a month after he leapfrogged his party — The National Alliance ( TNA) — to the starting blocks of next year’s race to succeed President Kibaki.
With the launch, coming after his fellow G7 Alliance luminary William Ruto unveiled his United Republican Party (URP) in January, makes him the second ICC suspect in the big race. Both have to overcome the ICC full trial hurdle — for which they are left with one appeal before they know their fate — if they are to run for Presidency.
Because he may not have to labour much to get the TNA ticket, Uhuru will in turn have the second hurdle to overcome, which is convincing Kenyans he is not merely riding on a numerically strong ‘tidal wave’ from Mount Kenya, for whose regional and political interests the ICC prosecutor claims he organised Mungiki revenge killings in 2008.
On the issue of the ICC trial, Uhuru’s spokesman Mr Munyori Buku maintains that he will be on the ballot paper. He further claimed those out to stop Uhuru were afraid of seeing him on the ballot.
“Nothing in law stops him from vying. The ICC has said it and the Kenyan Law do not stop him either. Those pushing this notion are insincere and afraid of Mr Uhuru Kenyatta’s candidacy because the country knows that one is innocent until proven guilty,” he added.
Barring frustrations by the ICC, Uhuru will also have to persuade not only the powerful politicians propping the G7 Alliance — such as Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka, Mr Chirau Ali Mwakwere, Mr Eugene Wamalwa and Ruto — for a joint nomination, with the hope that he wins and goes ahead for the big race with their back-up.
In doing so, Uhuru will have two issues to tackle, one being shattering the perception that by being the son of the Founding Father, he was born with a silver spoon and may not be attuned to the challenges ordinary Kenyans face on a daily basis. On the Internet, social media sites are already brimming with talk of the vast land parcels the Kenyatta family control in areas such as the Coast, which is awash with talk of ‘historical injustices’, the top most being land rights.