The independence party, KANU has criticised ANC and Wiper for plotting to use the One Kenya Alliance to isolate Raila Odinga in 2022. OKA comprises former NASA coalition partners, Amani National Congress (ANC), Wiper Democratic Movement (WDM), and Ford- Kenya.
Speaking to KTN News last night, KANU Secretary General Nick Salat said his party was more concerned with the outcome of the BBI, currently pending before the Court of Appeal and not who flies OKA’s presidential ticket. The push to amend the constitution before the next polls is a joint initiative between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga.
Salat, an ally of Senator Gideon Moi told OKA members insisting on their preferred candidate that was not the way to run the new alliance, and that a working formula will only be arrived at after sitting down and talking.
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“Everybody is insisting on their preferred candidate but that is not the way to run things. It is important for people to sit down and talk. It is about what formula will hand us a win not the question of who has what numbers. That is the discussion that I hope to have tomorrow (today).
”There are many things at play. You can’t jump the gun at the moment. You can’t find inclusivity right now before we are sure with the BBI. Where do you leave Raila in this? You can’t ignore Raila. The only formula that we pray for is that we get a favourable ruling on BBI,” Salat said.
Members of the alliance are currently in Naivasha, for the next two days on a retreat to review a report of its 12-member technical committee tasked with finding a workable strategy for picking a flag bearer. The coalitions principals plus their respective MPs will receive and discuss the report which entails a SWOT analysis of each candidate and the possible scenarios that would guarantee victory in the 2022 polls.
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The proposed new coalition names and symbols, the coalition’s constitution, manifesto, and campaign strategy will also be discussed. Within OKA, KANU’s Gideon Moi is willing to work with Odinga, while Wiper Kalonzo Musyoka, ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi, and Ford Kenya’s Moses Wetangula want Mr. Odinga to join them as a junior partner, to support their bid.