This past weekend, former National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale launched an unprecedented attack on Jubilee party, and both president Uhuru Kenyatta, and his deputy, William Ruto, sparking off rumours of major impending political realignments.
Just recently, another Jubilee top leader from the area, Mandera Governor Ali Roba, came out in a bold statement, and blamed the insecurity in his region squarely on the government. While this led to an uproar and harsh reply from the government, governor Roba stood his ground and maintained that the failure of government to establish proper learning facilities and security installations, was the reason young men were seeing an alternative in extremist groups like Al Shabab.
Speaking in Garissa over the weekend, Duale who was meeting various football clubs drawn from across the county said that Jubilee had become an ungodly party that no longer showed respect or gratitude to God but had instead allowed themselves to be filled and blinded by pride.
In a never before witnessed attack, Duale went on to say that the disagreements between Uhuru and his deputy were hurting the everyday lives of ordinary mwananchi. Suggesting that their behaviour was ungentlemanly, Duale said that they should sit down like gentlemen and sort out their issues, as resorting to bashing each other in public forums was indecent conduct unfit for leaders.
Such talk from a seemingly galvanised North Eastern leadership suggests a plan to form a united political formation in the face of the recent fallouts on both sides of the political divide in the country.
This comes hot on the heels of similar sustained pushes in different places across the country. At the coast, efforts spearheaded by Governors Ali Hassan Joho and Kilifi’s Kingi, have been aimed at forming a party for the coastal people, while in Western, a rare realisation of political unity seems about to be witnessed, with Senator Moses Wetangula and Musalia Mudavadi, coming together to form a united front.