The ongoing 2022 succession debate is driving the country into an election mood at the expense of development, Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui has said.
The governor in a statement issued on Tuesday cautioned leaders, including his colleagues in the Jubilee party, against engaging in President Uhuru Kenyatta 2022 succession politics.
The county boss urged leaders to instead focus their attention and energy in addressing challenges facing Kenyans.
“If a visitor to Kenya was to go through our media and political reporting, they would easily conclude that we are in an election season. The political rhetoric is at an all-time high. This is not withstanding major challenges that continue to afflict Kenyans,” said Mr Kinyanjui.
Mr Kinyanjui wants leaders including MPs, governors, senators and MCAs tackle poverty, flooding, unemployment and other problems that Kenyans are facing.
“Political choices in the next General Election will depend on the fulfilment of the promises that were made during campaigns and whether they are implemented,” said Mr Kinyanjui.
The 2022 succession debate has dominated the political sphere in the past weeks with talk of a referendum to change the 2010 Constitution fronted by a some leaders.
About seven weeks after President Uhuru Kenyatta and Opposition leader Raila Odinga shook hands and vowed to work together, the move elicited debate in some camps in what appears to be an early start of the 2022 presidential campaigns.