Kenyatta Takes Swipe At Presidential Rival

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta has dismissed the opposition National Super Alliance’s (NSA) line-up for the 8 August election as “nothing more than a ploy to create jobs for its leading figures.

The NSA has chosen former Prime Minister Raila Odoniga as its presidential flagbearer and former Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka as his running mate.

It also said that if it formed the next government, Musalia Mudavadi will serve in the new post of Premier Cabinet Secretary. He will be flanked by two deputies, Moses Wetangula and Isaac Ruto.

They all come from different parties which have come together under the banner of Nasa in a bid to unseat Mr Kenyatta in the election.

In his reaction to the announcement, Mr Kenyatta said:

This was never about the country. It was about giving jobs for themselves instead of the millions of Kenyan who need jobs.” Mr Odinga, 72, lost to Mr Kenyatta, 55, in the last election. So what are his chances of winning this time? The BBC’s Dickens Olewe discusses his prospects with Nic Cheeseman, a well known scholar of Kenya’s politics currently based at the University of Birmingham in the UK.

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