Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader Raila Odinga’s new political strategy has emerged ahead of the much anticipated 2022 Presidential election.
The former Prime Minister has now shifted his focus to the newly created One Kenya Alliance (OKA) coalition party that has threatened to collapse with its co-principals; Gideon Moi (KANU), Moses Wetangula (FORD-Kenya), Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper) and Musalia Mudavadi (ANC) reportedly divided over its flag bearer.
Raila has crafted a political scheme that will prevent One Kenya Alliance (OKA) co- principals from succeeding President Uhuru Kenyatta come 2022 Presidential election after convincing Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka to remain in his circles and delay his decision to join the OKA alliance.
On Friday, July 24, 2021, Raila and Musyoka held a meeting in which the Opposition leader promised Kalonzo a share of the Ksh 4.1 Billion awarded to the National Super Alliance (NASA) by the Registrar of Political Parties.
This comes after Raila had insisted that his Orange party did not have money to share with the other NASA coalition parties.
The University of Nairobi lecturer and political analyst, Dr Jane Thuo argued that the One Kenya Alliance will collapse should Kalonzo breaks away.
“If Musyoka breaks away from OKA, the alliance will remain feeble with the likes of Mudavadi and Wetangula coming from the same community. Gideon is wavering and cannot be trusted as he is still unsure of his future.
“The junior Moi is also struggling to cement his name in the political arena and the three would not have much influence,” Thuo stated.
She also stated that Raila is consolidating his strongholds by pulling his lieutenants and co-allies closer.
“Raila, unlike Ruto who prefers to ride solo but with underdogs, built his fortress for decades and does not want to relinquish it,” she stated.
The communication expert further stated that it was still early to rule him out of the race in favour of Ruto who has been making inroads in several parts of the country, notably Mt Kenya.