Its Musalia Mudavadi or nothing, ANC tells president Kenyatta

Musalia Mudavadi his party ANC says it's him or nothing

President Uhuru Kenyatta has been at pains trying to convince the OKA alliance of Musalia, Kalonzo, Wetangula and GM to “back Raila” even if it is for a “one term” five year period

By The Weekly Vision Online

President Uhuru Kenyatta has yet again failed to whip up members of the One Kenya Alliance into supporting ODM’s Raila Odinga as their presidential candidate for the 2022 elections. ANC principal negotiators are reported to have told the president that ‘enough was enough” insisting the Luhya community ‘deserved a shot” at the top seat.

Pro-Mudavadi advocates are reported to include KANU chairman Gideon Moi and a section of Kalonzo Musyoka’s Wiper party. Even FORD Kenya Moses Wetangula is said to have backed the ANC stand saying it’s the turn of Odinga to “return the huge favour” since 2007, 2013, and 2017.

OKA leaders claim Raila Odinga had laid a stage for a close working union with the president using them and the opposition as “pawns” on his chessboard, and as hardliners on both sides dig in, a lot will depend on how the appeals court judges rule on BBI today

But Odinga minders are said to be ready to go it alone without OKA as President Uhuru frantically tries to unite a flagship that in 2017 sort to defeat him at the presidential ballot. Uhuru has warned OKA that going into the 2022 race a divided house would work to the advantage of deputy president William Ruto.

The president has been at pains trying to convince the OKA alliance to “back Raila” even if it is for a “one term” five year period. But the former NASA kingpins have trashed this argument saying they had entered an MOU twice with Odinga in 2013 and 2017. They claim on both occasions what they agreed on was never honoured including being “tricked” into an illegal swearing-in ceremony at Uhuru Park.

They said Odinga had laid a stage for a close working union with the president using them and the opposition as “pawns” on his chessboard. As hardliners on both sides dig in a lot will depend on how the appeals court judges rule on BBI today, the ruling is likely to be a defining moment for the new alliance. A derisively confident Ruto and his team expect a major harvest from the OKA political fall-out.

Already Ruto aides are said to have bankrolled a group of Kamba elders into insisting on a Kalonzo candidacy in 2022 or they “quit OKA alliance talks”. The Uhuru OKA deadlock comes ahead of a crucial court ruling over the fate of the BBI push to amend the 2010 constitution.

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