The One Kenya Alliance ( OKA), comprising Amani National Congress (ANC), Wiper Democratic Movement (WDM), Ford-Kenya, and KANU is in limbo, following a decision by the leadership of KANU to withdraw from the alliance to champion for his 2022 presidential bid.
This new move by the independent party is informed by the flop of the BBI, as well as ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi’s declaration he will go all the way to the presidential ballot next year, leaving no space for negotiations in their One Kenya Alliance (OKA).
Speaking to a local publication yesterday, Tiaty MP William Kamkatet said the BBI ruling at the Court of Appeal altered their earlier political arithmetic and that things were not going on as usual in OKA.
“One thing that I must say very candidly is that after the ruling on the Court of Appeal on matters of BBI, things are not the same again…apart from the reforms [in BBI], there was also the power arrangement. So it’s not business as usual, there is a rethink of issues. I can tell you for sure that in the next few days, Kenyans will be hearing the news that they have been waiting for on what the senator from Baringo wants…It is just a matter of time, perhaps this week. You will even be hearing political developments from Kanu that will shake the nation,” Kamkatet said, giving a hint of his party leader’s next move.
The decision of KANU to withdraw from OKA seems to have hit ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi and his Wiper counterpart Kalozno Musyoka by surprise. The two leaders had earlier banked on KANU and Gideon Moi, to give their outfit a national face, outside the obvious fact that Moi was oiling the outfit.
According to some sources, a declaration he is running for president in 2022 is a smokescreen, and that the real intention of the announcement was for a smooth transition into Camp Tinga.
Already, President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga have reserved a new coalition name for the broad-based alliance being woven by the two.