The ongoing tussle between ODM and One Kenya Alliance keeps getting interesting and dramatic by the day.
This was most evident during an intense face-off between the Orange Democratic Movement Secretary General Edwin Sifuna, and Dr. Chris Wamalwa who is the Kiminini MP, and also happens to be from Ford Kenya. Ford Kenya is one of the parties in the One Kenya Alliance, alongside ANC, KANU and Wiper.
For a while now, the two political formations have been going at each other ever since the string of by-elections that took place in Matungu, Kabuchai and Machakos, where the four parties ganged up against ODM, and by extension UDA, to clinch all the seats that were on offer, with ANC and Ford Kenya retaining their seats while wiper gained a new one.
The two political antagonists were appearing on Citizen TV’s morning show Daybreak which was hosted by Sam Gituku. Others on the show were Sabina Chege and Caleb Kositany who was joining them virtually.
Dr. Chris Wamalwa was the first to throw a serious salvo at ODM, criticising the party’s recent move to snatch the deputy minority leader position from Kakamega senator Cleophas Malala, terming it as treacherous since the position didn’t belong to ODM but to any affiliate party, as per the rules of the NASA coalition pre-election pact.
Nevertheless, Hon. Wamalwa finished his rebuke on a reconciliatory tone, leaving the door wide open to future working arrangements with ODM. He said the One Kenya Alliance was open to working with anyone, as long as they were in line with the tenets of the party, and as long as Raila in particular didn’t join them with a plan to have them support him using the excuse that he only has one bullet left.
When Sifuna replied, he was unforgiving as he was blunt.
Quoting the results of the recent Matungu by-election results, he said ODM’s trajectory had been on an upward slope since they shed off what he referred to as dead weight.
Noting that ODM had improved to more than 10,000 votes in Matungu constituency from the 4,000 that they received in 2017, he said that ODM would not, cannot, shall not, before running out of words to emphasise the impossibility of them ever working together.