2022 polls: Why One Kenya Alliance are not signing a deal soon

Friday, July 30th, 2021 10:43 |
ANC's Musalia Mudavadi, Wiper's Kalonzo Musyoka, KANU's Gideon Moi and Ford Kenya's Moses Wetang'ula. Image: ONE ALLIANCE KENYA
ANC's Musalia Mudavadi, Wiper's Kalonzo Musyoka, KANU's Gideon Moi and Ford Kenya's Moses Wetang'ula. Image: ONE ALLIANCE KENYA

The One Kenya Alliance (OKA) ship might not be sailing any time soon after fresh squabbling prevented the political outfit from taking off.

This is after the independence party, KANU stated that it is not yet ready to sign an agreement with OKA.

Sources have also intimated that Mudavadi’s hard stance on being OKA’s 2022 presidential candidate is complicating efforts to bring together the alliance.

Addressing the press on Thursday, KANU Secretary General Nick Salat announced that it will not be signing a deal with other OKA principals anytime soon, revealing the intrigues rocking the alliance.

In his argument, Salat said the agreement KANU entered into with Jubilee and which was passed by its convention of National Delegates in 2017 is binding until 2022.

“We do not want to be coerced or forced into making a decision that would require the resolution of an National Delegates Convention,” Salat said.

OKA comprises of KANU's Gideon Moi, ANC's Musalia Mudavadi, Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper) and Ford Kenya's Moses Wetangula.

KANU's decision has raised pertinent issues on the stability of the OKA alliance after Raila Odinga's ODM declared its exit from NASA.

ODM made the move while issuing a stern warning to its former affiliates that it may rescind its decision to give them a share of the political parties’ cash if they continue disparaging it.

The party’s top organ ratified a decision to pull out of the moribund NASA, making it the third political grouping to leave the alliance that was Raila’s political vehicle in the 2017 presidential election.

The other affiliates: Mudavadi’s ANC, Kalonzo's Wiper party have already ditched the movement.

ODM’s exit effectively marks the death of the alliance. The NASA coalition agreement stipulates that the alliance ceases to exist if three partners pull out.

“We hold that NASA is in the past. To further demonstrate this point, ODM NEC has resolved to formally exit the NASA coalition.

NEC has further deliberated on the future of the party and its need to make new friends,” said ODM secretary general Edwin Sifuna in a statement after a meting of the party’s National Executive Council.

The other two affiliates: The squabbling Ford Kenya and Chama Cha Mashinani, are yet to ratify a decision for a divorce, but even if they did the current situation presents a fait accompli.

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