President Uhuru Kenyatta, Raila Odinga, former NASA principals Kalonzo Musyoka, Moses Wetangula, and KANU leader Gideon Moi are charting their 2022 path without ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi. This follows a meeting between ODM boss Raila Odinga and his Wiper counterpart Kalonzo Musyoka on Thursday, to not only discuss the sharing of NASA funds but also to put a roadmap towards 2022.
According to sources within the corridors of power, President Uhuru Kenyatta is determined to back anyone else for the presidency but not his deputy, something which informs his (Uhuru) commitment to ensure leaders in the troubled NASA join hands and back one of the former principals for the top seat.
”There are ongoing discussions between Raila and Kalonzo with a view to burying the hatchet for the sake of Uhuru’s succession plans,” one of the sources confided to a local publication, even as it emerges Uhuru Kenyatta’s confidants and business people from Central have resolved to back Raila’s 2022 presidential candidature.
The decision to not include Musalia Mudavadi in the ongoing 2022 talks is because the ANC leader is said to have taken a hardline position against working with Raila, something which has forced the head of state’s political advisors to urge Raila to go for a deal with Kalonzo.
On the other hand, Baringo Senator Gideon Moi and his Bungoma counterpart Moses Wetangula have also joined the 2022 talks between Uhuru, Raila, and Kalonzo. The two are part of the One Kenya Alliance comprising Wiper, Ford Kenya, ANC, and KANU parties.
”If they unite as we are seeing, that would vanquish Ruto completely. The Ukambani votes are very crucial in Raila’s 2022 presidential ambitions. He can’t afford to lose the region because that would deal his bid a staggering blow,” says former MP Ole Sakuda, who insists President Uhuru Kenyatta is keen on having a united opposition to avoid splitting the votes with the DP next year.
To show their commitment to the new plans by President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga, Ford-Kenya which has been castigating ODM and its leadership over the woes facing NASA, and has been calling for a divorce softened its stance giving dialogue a chance.
”Ford Kenya was to convene its PG today, but it was postponed after there was a preliminary report that Raila requested for more time to look for a framework to unlock the disputed political funds’ issues,” Kimilili MP Chris Wamalwa said.
On the other KANU has rejected attempts by members of the OKA to have it dissolve its 2017 pact with the ruling Jubilee Party before being declared a bonafide OKA member. Gideon Moi, the party leader is an ally of Raila Odinga.