KENYA: The alternating political tides in One Kenya Alliance

One Kenya Alliance principals, from left Musalia Mudavadi, Gideon Moi, Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetangula. [Image: courtesy]
Kenya—In a count of thirteen months ahead, Kenya will be conducting its next general election. An event that has seen the country thrown into an electioneering mood.

As new political Parties are created other ancient parties combine efforts in alliances and coalitions. The One Kenya Alliance formed by Amani National Congress leader Musalia Mudavadi has been hit by fresh political turbulence that threatens its take-off as Gedeon Moi’s Kanu claims it’s not ready to seal a deal with the alliance.

Also emerging that that Musalia’s firm grip on being the 2022 flagbearer of the alliance is complicating efforts to cobble together the team.

Nick Salat, Kanu’s secretary general declared on Thursday that the party will not be signing any deal with Oka principals anytime soon, exposing the intrigues roiling the fledging outfit.

According to Salat, the resolution that endorsed Kanu’s partnership with Jubilee Party, as passed by the National Delegates Convention in 2017, is binding until next year.

“Right now, we don’t want to be coerced or forced into making a decision that would require resolution a national Delegates Convention,” Salat said.

“The resolution stated clearly that we shall be with Jubilee up to the end of its term, that is next year. As far as Kanu is concerned, we don’t have any issue with our partner Jubilee to warrant us leaving it.”

Kanu has been dancing same tune with, ANC, Ford Kenya and Wiper in One Kenya Alliance. But with its recent move, it has lifted the lid on the behind-the-scenes intrigues likely to cripple the push for a 2022 third force.

The erstwhile Nasa Alliance is also on its knees, as ODM’s Raila Odinga announced their exit from it. The exit allows ODM to formalize its coalition deal with president Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee, where Kanu is also sheltering.