One Kenya Alliance (OKA) will be disbanded for a bigger and more inclusive coalition headed by Rt Hon Raila Odinga and backed by President Uhuru Kenyatta. This follows a resolution made yesterday in Mombasa by party leaders Raila Odinga (ODM), Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper Party), Musalia Mudavadi (ANC), Gideon Moi (KANU), and Moses Wetangula (Ford-Kenya).
The new coalition according to the president and Raila Odinga will bring on board everyone and reflect the face of Kenya and in line with Mr. Odinga’s recently launched Azimio La Umoja campaign.
According to sources within the circles of power, a similar meeting has been convened next week where the new coalition deal will be fine-tuned, depending on the outcome of tomorrow’s BBI ruling.
Speaking to the media after yesterday’s meeting, KANU SG Nick Salat confirmed a new formation is in the offing, and it brings on board ODM, Jubilee, KANU, Wiper, Ford-Kenya, ANC, plus other parties.
”There is hope for unity. We have been saying all along that you cannot ignore Raila and neither can you ignore his former Nasa allies or Jubilee coalition which also consists of Kanu. We are happy that the leaders are seeing sense on the calls for unity and we hope we shall soon have a broader winning outfit,” he said.
Confirming their plans with President Uhuru Kenyatta, Raila said the new coalition was for the wiling, and those who wish to walk with him and Uhuru. According to the ODM leader, this was to be discussed in their meeting.
We envisage a larger coalition of the willing. We have been with them (OKA) and know them quite well, but we don’t want to despise anybody. We want anybody who wishes to walk with us to join us. We are in talks with them. Even today (yesterday), we are going to meet them and will tell them this is the plan… this is the path we should follow,” Mr. Odinga told a local vernacular station on Wednesday.
President Uhuru Kenyatta is said to be keen on an emphatic first-round victory, without any possibilities of a run-off, and wants his deputy completely obliterated in the 2022 polls.