Political analyst Mutahi Ngunyi has said Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe went to retired president Mwai Kibaki’s school of politics and is a Mt Kenya kingpin in waiting.
Kagwe, a tenured politician, left a rich legacy as an energetic and results-oriented Cabinet Minister for Information and Communication in Kibaki’s government and his appointment as Health CS was hailed by many.
Speaking to K24 TV in the evening of Sunday, April 12, Ngunyi opined the former Nyeri senator was ripe to take over the leadership mantle from President Uhuru Kenyatta when his second and final term expires in 2022.
“Mutahi Kagwe was created and nurtured in the Kibaki school of politics. If you hear him talk, he talks like Kibaki both in English and Swahili. He also shrubs the Kibaki way. When we talk about the ultimate succession of Uhuru Kenyatta, I think Kagwe places himself as a possible chief in waiting among the Kikuyus,” Ngunyi said.
Kagwe’s appointment as Health CS was a shot in the arm given he had been leading the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) rallies in his native Nyeri county, that had emerged as one of the vote rich counties being eyed by William Ruto in his quest for the 2022 presidency. The eloquent CS took the Health Ministry by storm and was recognised by an American based business daily – the Wall Street Journal, as an unlikely hero in the fight against coronavirus pandemic.