President Uhuru Kenyatta is behind Baringo Senator Gideon Moi’s move to decamp from One Kenya Alliance, for a pact with Raila Odinga’s ODM, this publication can authoritatively reveal. The Baringo senator has been part of the OKA, bringing together Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka, Musalia Mudavadi (ANC), and Moses Wetangula (Ford-Kenya).
Upon advise by the head of state, the KANU Chairman is throwing his weight behind Raila Odinga for the top seat in 2022 and the independent party’s to officials have resolved to rally behind the ODM leader for presidency. Even though he has not openly declared his support for Mr. Odinga openly, the president’s decision to ask Senator Moi to back the ODM next year points to who the president’s preferred 2022 candidate is.
”When the President finally makes his choice known, we want to be within the circles and as a party; we have studied the dynamics and we can see where to bet for 2022. We shall be part and parcel of the President’s succession plan. But what is important is that we must first align our party the best way through collaborations with other like-minded parties like ODM,” a senior official from KANU told a local publication on Sunday evening.
Sources within the corridors of power confirm President Uhuru knows where power is going next and has settled on Raila Odinga to succeed him when he retires next year.
The decision to back Mr. Odinga in 2022 comes a week after Senator Moi snubbed a meeting of OKA principals on Tuesday where the three principals (Mudavadi, Kalonzo, Wetangula) were expected to inform their supporters on the progress of formalising the amorphous alliance.
Even though Mr. Mudavadi and Mr. Kalonzo have vowed not to support Raila Odinga again in 2022, this new development isolates the duo even further and it will be interesting to watch how they play their political cards, to avoid a beating next year.