Jubilee Party Secretary General Raphael Tuju has revealed that the ruling Jubilee party led by president Uhuru Kenyatta and the former Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s ODM party have begun talks aimed at forming a alliance ahead of 2022 general elections.
In his statement, the jubilee party Secretary General said that the two parties had been working together in and out of the National Assembly and were looking for ways to formalize their coalition.
“We (Jubilee) want to have active engagement with ODM as we head towards 2022 elections in terms of coming up with an alliance which is in the cards,” Tuju said.
Tuju announced on Friday, June 18, 2021, that a committee has been constituted and is tasked with developing the framework upon which the coalition will be built.
Tuju stated that the committee will submit its conclusions in 14 days, and that the political outfit is also open to negotiations with other parties interested in joining them.
This comes barely days after President Uhuru Kenyatta had declared that he would support a Presidential candidate from the NASA coalition.
President Kenyatta is said to have asked Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka, his National Super Alliance (NASA) supporters, and other political leaders to join at a meeting with Ukambani leaders at State House earlier this week, implying that he could endorse them in 2022.
In an interview with NTV, former Vice President, Kalonzo Musyoka said that he would be “the most stupid person on earth” to endorse Mr. Odinga, who was his co-principal in the National Super Alliance (NASA), for the third consecutive time.
“For me, as of now, it is unthinkable that I, Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka, would support Raila Odinga for the third time…. I would be the most stupid fellow on earth to go and support for the third time a presidential candidate without a measure of reciprocity,” Kalonzo said.
The Wiper Party leader accused the ODM Party of betrayal and causing the fallout in the NASA coalition.
Raila had hit back at his former running mate, saying that he has not even declared any intention of seeking the country’s top seat in next year’s polls.
The former Prime Minister further told Kalonzo to relax and wait for the right time as that is still not a priority for him at the moment.
“Sijatangaza mimi nataka kusimama urais, lakini wengine wanasema eti hawawezi kuniunga mkono, nimeuliza wewe uniunge mkono? Mimi sijatangaza, sasa wewe unaanza kutetemeka, unaanza kubwekabweka, subiri bwana mambo bado,” Raila said.
ODM chief however, maintained that his focus is still on the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) which was ruled by the High Court as unconstitutional.
“Sisi tunaangalia kwanza mambo ya BBI, mahakama ilipeleka BBI kwa half-time…reggae haijasimama, reggae imeenda kwa half-time,” he added.