The unexpected meeting between former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and KANU party leader Gideon Moi seems to have not only caught the One Kenya Alliance members flat-footed, but has also brought about completely new dynamics in the nascent alliance.
By the time of going to press, there had been no reaction either online, or via press release from Musalia Mudavadi’s team or that of Kalonzo or Wetangula, who are the other principals of the alliance.
While, ordinarily, the meeting would have been perceived to be part of discussions between Raila and the larger One Kenya Alliance through Gideon Moi, the fact that Moi went there unaccompanied was quite telling.
Even more telling is the fact that Gideon Moi was accompanied by, not just anyone, but Uhuru Kenyatta’s brother, Muhoho.
Previously, Uhuru’s camp has been accused of favouring the One Kenya Alliance camp over ODM despite the fact that they joined the BBI bandwagon later on in the process.
However, Muhoho’s presence, and by extension, Uhuru’s involvement, will no doubt, go a long way into pacifying previously present ill feelings.
It might also be perceived as the president’s attempt at trying to bridge the existing divide in his team. A while back, the president famously unveiled a six-member team in State House, whose mandate was to push the BBI.
However, the team was hit with disunity soon after, with suspicion reportedly erupting between Kalonzo and Ngilu, while on the other hand, Raila received the apparent special treatment given to Gideon Moi coldly.
In the case that the president manages to bring the different stakeholders in his camp on the negotiating table, difficult patches will be expected, considering some of the pronouncements their foot soldiers have made in the past.
Edwin Sifuna, the ODM Secretary General unequivocally declared that there was no way, under any circumstances, that his party was ever going to work with any of the NASA parties.
Before that, ANC member and Kakamega senator, Cleophas Malala, had declared that One Kenya Alliance’s number one goal was to stop Raila