Moi was leaving office in 2002. The constitution did not allow him to defend his seat. He had been in power for 24 years. This act by Moi transported his succession into the realm of myth.
I remember since you were just in front of me that the old men saw you as your father, Jomo. I remember and still hear some of them call you, “Baba!” (Father!) and you turned back and shook the hands of many poor old men. Fathers and sons. They felt blessed. They turned to one another and said, Nota Jomo! He is just Jomo. Jomo Kenyatta wa Muigai. I too thought that was smart. You were so down to earth.
Were you yourself? Before that it always seemed to me that you were not the one who wanted to be a politician. It seemed that- in 2001 when Moi brought you for a walk to Kiambu after the Democratic Party had lost local council seats to Kanu- it was his plans he was fulfilling. And Kenyans called you a project. I want to hasten to say, it is time to be yourself.
Do not hold on to Deputy Prime Minister. You have much work to do. You need to build your moral credibility. If you still want to be the president of Kenya some day, the thing to do now is to move from this desire. The tide has turned against you. It is not true that you will win by insisting. You will need to submit your whole self to the process of justice at the Hague. You have been charged with crimes against humanity. If you are not guilty, you will be released. You can then talk to Kenyans again and continue building the nation at any level.