Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has maintained his preferred successor remains Azimio leader Raila Odinga.
This is despite a Supreme Court judgement upholding the election of William Ruto on Monday, September 5.
Speaking during the Azimio Parliamentary Group meeting at Masai Lodge in Kajiado County today, Uhuru said the country would have been steered in the right direction had Raila been elected president.
“You denied yourselves an opportunity to bring the country together; you haven’t denied Raila,” Uhuru said.
At the same time, the president reaffirmed that he will be handing over power to President-elect William Ruto on September 13 in accordance with the Constitution.
“I will hand over power smiling because it is my constitutional duty, but my leader is Baba [Raila Odinga],” Uhuru said.
The outgoing Head of State also touched on the nomination of Kenneth Marende as the National Assembly Speaker, deputised by Farah Maalim and Kalonzo Musyoka pick as Senate Speaker, to be assisted by Stewart Madzayo.
“Kalonzo Musyoka would have been the best Chief Minister. I believe he would also have been a good representative of our agenda in Senate,” said Kenyatta.
Kenyatta and Odinga are attending the meeting, with Azimio top leadership among them Martha Karua and Kalonzo Musyoka.