The independence party, KANU has responded to demands made by One Kenya Alliance (OKA) on Tuesday asking the outfit to sever its links with the ruling Jubilee Party and focus on OKA.
Speaking to the media on Wednesday morning, KANU Secretary General Nick Salat said the party was in a coalition with the ruling party till the end of its term in 2022 and can only enter into any arrangements if need be.
”Right now we are all planning for 2022 and we should not be thinking otherwise. Furthermore, our deal with Jubilee runs until 2022 and we can only enter into other arrangements if it becomes necessary. We will support the government because that was the arrangement that was made by NDC. We really follow and adhere to our structures, ” the Secretary-General said.
Nick Salat’s statement complicates the arithmetic for One Kenya Alliance, whose principals demanded the ruling party first leave the Jubilee Coalition agreement before they leave NASA.
“You can’t actually be in two alliances at the same time under the law. That must be understood. So, Kanu will leave Jubilee and it will be announced officially. If we form One Kenya Alliance, the principals of the three parties must leave Nasa and Kanu must leave Jubilee. Every coalition including Jubilee coalition’s life ends with the next election,” Wiper vice-chairman Mutula Kilonzo Jnr, who read the statement on behalf of OKA principals said.
One Kenya Alliance principals on Tuesday were split on whether they can reunite with ODM boss Raila Odinga in a formidable force to face Deputy President William Ruto in 2022. Already, Ford Kenya leader Moses Wetang’ula and KANU’s Gideon Moi have no problem teaming up with the former PM.
However, ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi and his Wiper counterpart Kalonzo Musyoka insist they will only accommodate Raila back to their fold if he plays second fiddle and backs them for the presidency.