Following the official collapse of the NASA coalition, and the subsequent birth of the one Kenya alliance, details have emerged of ODM leader Raila Odinga’s fallback plan ahead of 2022.
The new alliance brings together, former NASA principals Musalia Mudavadi (ANC), Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper), and Moses Wetangula (Ford Kenya), and officially ditching Odinga’s ODM.
Also enjoined in the new pact are KANU’s Gideon Moi and the ruling Jubilee outfit, with the latter already aligned to reaping benefits in the upcoming Garissa, Bonchari, and Juja Mini polls.
To counter the new development, Raila is said to be in talks with the three Ukambani governors Alfred Mutua (Machakos), Kivutha Kibwana (Makueni), and Kitui’s Charity Ngilu and Mukhisa Kituyi to still maintain his influence in the Eastern, Western, and Coastal region.
Reports indicate that those behind the one Kenya alliance are keen on jeopardizing Raila’s plans to succeed Uhuru in 2022 with a section of Kenyatta’s power brokers also reportedly involved.
Further information also points towards plans to include Coastal leaders in Governor Hassan Joho, Kilifi’s Amason Kingi, and Kwale county boss Salim Mvurya, to further clip Raila’s wings.
Raila and his allies are said to have been caught off guard by the Wednesday meeting and only consulted Joho about it later.
“Truly, Jakom was not briefed before the meeting. He had to call Joho later about it. But they explained the agenda saying it was about coastal development,” a senior ODM official told the Star on condition of anonymity.
His allies have however downplayed the new development, terming it too weak to form the next government.
“This line-up of Kalonzo, Musalia, Gideon cannot win the presidency without Raila or Ruto. That is an arrangement that cannot win the presidency, no matter who supports them,” Mbadi said.
He went on, ” They have no muscle to mount a presidential campaign to create the kind of support that will lead anyone to State House.”
His sentiments were echoed by the Mvita legislator Abdulswamad Nassir, who pocked holes in the combination.
“What politics could be discussed there? One governor is in ODM, another in Tangatanga and the other wants to form his own party. I don’t think there was any politics at play,” Mvita MP Abdulswamad Nassir said.