Amani National Congress (ANC) leader Musalia Mudavadi and his Ford-Kenya counterpart Moses Wetangula are said to be considering a proposal by DP William Ruto to have the two OKA principals join his team so as to face ODM leader Raila Odinga at the presidential ballot next year.
According to reports, UDA is already formally engaging the two leaders (Mudavadi plus Wetangula) with an intention of forming a new alliance, something which has been confirmed by UDA Secretary-General Veronica Maina.
”In case they accept it, we will listen to them because, as UDA, we are a democratic party that does not give demands. Yes, anyone who wants to support us has to join UDA, but we will listen to ANC and Ford Kenya,” Ms. Veronica Maina told a local publication yesterday, adding that their party was awaiting a response from ANC and Ford-Kenya and that DP Ruto would reconsider his earlier position that any leader supporting him must join UDA.
An insider from Mudavadi’s camp says the ANC leader is ready to enter formal power negotiations with DP Ruto and UDA by extension, with one of his conditions for backing Ruto being UDA will not be fielding candidates in specific areas within Western Kenya.
This latest revelation comes just a day after ANC deputy party leader MP Ayub Savula decamped from the One Kenya Alliance (OKA) saying the outfit had moles of DP William Ruto and that there were principals within the outfit negotiating with the DP over the August polls.
”Some of OKA principals are moles of Ruto. I am principled, I cannot be a party to that. Because of what transpired on Friday, I suspect that there are talks underway and I am not involved and I will never be involved,” the Lugari MP said.
”I was assigned by Musalia to reduce the period when to deposit the coalition agreement with the Registrar of Political Parties in the Political Parties (Amendment) Bill from six months to three then you see in Parliament they vote with Ruto’s side. You lose confidence, absolute double standards,” Mr. Savula added.
On Friday, the DP attended a football tournament in Mumias organised by Senator Cleophas Malala, an ally of Musalia Mudavadi. The event was parallel to a meeting hosted in Bukhungu Stadium attended by ODM leader Raila Odinga and leaders from the Western Kenya region backing his presidential bid.