President Uhuru Kenyatta has summoned the One Kenya Alliance (OKA) Principals for a meeting in Mombasa County after they held parallel meeting with ODM party leader Raila Odinga in Nakuru County.
The ruling Jubilee party led by President Uhuru Kenyatta has written a letter to One Kenya Alliance principals; Musalia Mudavadi (Amani National Congress), Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper), Moses Wetangula (Ford-Kenya) and Gideon Moi (Kanu) asking them to meet the President in Mombasa on Wednesday, August 18, 2021.
The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader will also attend the meeting in which the President is expected to unify them even as he tries to drum up support for Raila to succeed him in 2022.
“Uhuru organised the meeting slated for today (Wednesday) with OKA leaders and Raila, to discuss how they have planned themselves in regards to his succession race,” insiders detailed.
The meeting comes nearly a week after Uhuru met the leaders at State House in Mombasa County and reportedly backed Raila as his candidate of choice, a decision that triggered uproar among the OKA leaders.
Sources privy to the meeting however, argued that the uproar by OKA leaders is part of a well-oiled plan to convince anti-Uhuru politicians that the President’s camp is divided.
The plan entailed having one OKA leader as Raila’s running mate in the upcoming polls. Senator Gideon Moi’s decision to decline pulling Kanu out of a pact with Jubilee party and to formally enter into an agreement with OKA, coupled with ODM move to form an alliance with Jubilee, has caused even more anxiety among the leaders.
Reports also indicate that OKA has on several occasions failed to agree on its flagbearer and has no clear roadmap despite all its leaders being quoted as saying the coalition has a ready blueprint.
“As the ‘Great Rift Valley Declaration’, we hereby unequivocally state that One Kenya Alliance will field a presidential candidate in next year’s General Election. And the fifth president is here,” OKA said in a statement on Tuesday, August 17 after a meeting held in Nakuru’s Naivasha area.
“Therefore, our vision and mission is to resuscitate Kenya’s economy and hence, we require practical solutions to the economic challenges our people are grappling with. Empty narratives and sloganeering on economic models are not the antidote to our challenges.”