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KANU’s decision to publicly declare support for Jubilee-ODM merger jolts OKA

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A decision by KANU’s top leadership to publicly declare support for the ODM-Jubilee merger in the coming days has jolted the One Kenya Alliance (OKA), whose members say such a move will lead to an immediate disintegration of the new alliance.

This is informed by the fact that KANU, led by Baringo Senator Gideon Moi cannot be part of two political formations in one election. OKA comprises Musalia Mudavadi (ANC), Moses Wetangula (Ford-Kenya), Gideon Moi (KANU), and Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper).

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According to sources within the corridors of power, KANU is the only factor holding the One Kenya Alliance intact, and without Gideon Moi, Kalonzo, Mudavadi, and Wetangula will be left with just a shell.

The independence party’s move is also informed by a resolve by President Uhuru and Raila Odinga’s men to submit the name of a new coalition, after fine-tuning the Jubilee-ODM 2022 power pact.

However, speaking to the media on Thursday from Mombasa, OKA principals Musalia Mudavadi, Moses Wetangula, and Kalonzo Musyoka dismissed reports of being pressured by the president to back Raila Odinga in 2022, saying they are just rumors peddled by the media.

“No one asked or even suggested that we support anyone for anything. We call upon news media and especially the print media to remain focused on reporting facts as they are and not what their wishes are,” they said in a statement read by Musalia Mudavadi.

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On Wednesday at State House in Mombasa, while meeting Raila Odinga and OKA principals, President Uhuru Kenyatta asked Musalia, Kalonzo, Wetangula, and Moi to dissolve their OKA outfit for a new coalition which will reflect the face of Kenya and cement the national unity call by the two leaders(Uhuru and Raila).

KANU has a post-election agreement with Jubilee Party, which runs up to 2022. Jubilee on the other hand has signed a 2022 Coalition agreement which will see it merge with Raila Odinga led ODM.

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