Jubilee Party politicians allied to President Uhuru Kenyatta are pushing for a coalition with Opposition chief Raila Odinga’s Orange Democratic Movement ahead of the 2022 elections.
Nominated MP Maina Kamanda, Gatanga’s Nduati Ngugi and former MP Kabando wa Kabando are working on the alliance.
Kabando, who is a close ally of President Kenyatta, claiming that he is part of a committee that is laying ground for an eventual Uhuru-Raila marriage dubbed UhuRao.
Mr Kamanda claimed the unity between Jubilee Party and ODM is what President Kenyatta has been vouching for.
“We will have a new coalition in 2022. The President has been candid that we can’t follow the same path we used before, and that we will have an inclusive government,” Mr Kamanda.
He added: “The inclusivity the President has been talking about is the common denominator that brings the country together. We will have to go for a referendum to achieve this and bring our people together.”
Ngugi disclosed that President Kenyatta and Mr Odinga were aware of talks between leaders elected on ODM and Jubilee Party tickets.
The MP said that the two leaders had united the country and stabilised the economy.
The duo have further showed commitment in fighting graft, “something that was not there between Mr Kenyatta and his deputy Ruto”.
“Since the two leaders have the largest following in the country, I have proposed that the Jubilee and ODM merge and the two leaders vie on the same ticket to lead the country,” he said.
However, Suna East MP, who is also ODM’s director of elections, Mr Junet Mohammed, and Jubilee Party Secretary-General Raphael Tuju, downplayed such talks saying 2022 is “very far.”
“Are you talking about 2022? I cannot even talk about next week?” Mr Tuju said in a text message. Mr Mohamed said: “I’m not aware of the talks.” Asked whether he would support such a coalition, he said 2022 is a “bit far”.
Political pundits say the coming together of Jubilee, ODM, Wiper and Kanu leaders is reminiscent of 2002 Narc Coalition that ended Kanu’s stranglehold on power.
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