President Uhuru Kenyatta is reportedly borrowing a leaf from his predecessor, former President Mwai Kibaki, in a bid to cement his legacy in his final term.
During Mwai Kibaki’s regime, media reports indicate that his government dedicated most of its resources for national causes and development within the country in his first years.
However, he pumped billions of shillings in infrastructural projects during his final term in the Mt Kenya region which mirrors the path Uhuru is perceivably taking.
Former President Mwai Kibaki
“It comes with the territory, for instance whenever someone is appointed as a police commissioner, you’d see a police station established and directed within his village,” Manyora stated.
The analyst further disputed reports that Uhuru might be reacting to remarks from a section of politicians who laid blame on the President for neglecting his backyard which accounted for six million votes in 2017.
“Uhuru has been developing his backyard, some people just want cheap publicity and politics. For instance, look at developmental projects initiated in his backyard, they did not start yesterday,” Manyora added.
The Head of State has commissioned projects such as Ksh27 billion Mau Mau road in Gatundu North, Ksh30 billion Kenol-Makutano-Sagana-Karatina-Marua highway, upgrading the Gatundu hospital in Kiambu County from level 4 to level 6.
Kibaki, on the other hand, is remembered for major infrastructural and development projects during his final term. Among the notable projects include the Nairobi-Thika superhighway which many termed as a perfect retirement gift to Kenyans. The road serves motorists from different regions; Central, Eastern and North Eastern Kenya.
Over the last few weeks, Kenyans have been comparing Uhuru and Kibaki’s tenure as well as reminiscing at the state of the economy during the Kibaki era.
This has seen many Kenyans express their disaffection over the current economic crisis in the country and call for intervention from Uhuru’s government to address the situation.
Former President Mwai Kibaki (left) with President Uhuru Kenyatta (right) in an event in 2010