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Ugly fallout in OKA over Raila Odinga

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One Kenya Alliance (OKA) principals Gideon Moi and Musalia Mudavadi are said to have bitterly fallen out at a meeting in Nairobi on Thursday evening over a decision by three principals in the alliance to show their willingness work with ODM leader Raila Odinga.

According to a source who confided to this publication on condition of anonymity due to sensitivity of the issue, Musalia Mudavadi while at the meeting asked KANU boss Gideon Moi to give his clear stand on his relationship with Mr. Odinga, something that prompted the Baringo Senator to insist that OKA will work with the former prime minister, despite the ANC leader’s feelings towards the ODM supremo.

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”ANC feels KANU is in bed with ODM and has influenced Wiper to isolate Mudavadi. The suspicions have set in over Raila and President Uhuru Kenyatta’s hands being involved,” the source.

These remarks seemed to be supported by Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala who on Sunday accused Gideon Moi of taking OKA in circles and giving the alliance mixed signals over his closeness with Raila.

”There is a possibility that Oka bosses will not go to the elections united. Because if everybody is insisting it must be them and we do not have deliberate steps being undertaken, progressing and monitored to settle on one person, then there is a problem,” the Kakamega senator told a local publication.

Even though Kalonzo and Gideon have signaled their willingness to work with Raila, Musalia Mudavadi has vowed not to work with the former prime minister and would rather go all the way to the ballot instead.

Machakos Town MP Dan Maanzo says there could be problems in the alliance, especially on who the flagbearer should be, and calls on the principals to name the presidential candidate as soon as possible.

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“We cannot stay in limbo forever. If they (Oka) are serious that they are going all the way to the ballot, then we don’t want this confusion. We need clear lines. I understand hapo kuna maneno . Let them meet and announce a candidate,” he said. 

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