Baringo Senator Gideon Moi's role in the preparation for President Uhuru's inauguration ceremony has ignited 2022 succession debate.
Photos of the son to retired President Moi receiving high profile dignitaries attending President Uhuru's swearing in ceremony has raised eyebrows on whether his dream to succeed Uhuru is on.
Moi, who retained his senatorial seat during August 8th election received among others Uganda President Yoweri Museveni and Salva Kiir of South Sudan,at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on Monday ahead of President Uhuru's inauguration.
Kenyans took to social media to question whether Moi's recent action could be a strategy to see him succeed President Uhuru.
"Can we really ignore the prominent role Gideon Moi is playing in this #InaugurationKe . Welcoming heads of state, private audiences etc. This second and final term of @UKenyatta will be more intriguing more so towards the end," Chief Nyang'au on Twitter.
@droid254: "How come #GideonMoi was receiving dignitaries instead of @WilliamsRuto ? Something is cooking
@robertmagori says: xVile Gideon Moi anapewa exposure hivi Ruto just knows where he is heading to."
@Ptahdaboss remarks: "The photos in question see Moi receiving presidents of Kenya’s neighbouring countries, such as Salva Kiir of South Sudan and Yoweri Museveni of Uganda."
Moi has in the past expressed his interests in the country's top political seat, despite President Uhuru promising to throw his weight behind his deputy Ruto, who has remained loyal to him since they entered into a preelection pact in the wake of 2013 general elections. Uhuru has constantly mentioned he would hand over to Ruto, once his reign expires in 2022.
Senator Moi and his Kenya African National Union (KANU) party backed president Kenyatta's reelection in the cancelled August 8th and the October 26th repeat poll. There has been a 'bad blood' relationship between him and Ruto. The two have engaged in war of words in the past, but it ceded ahead of Uhuru's reelection campaigns.
Whether Moi is being groomed to inherit President Uhuru's boots in 2022 or not is a question of wait and see.