Makueni Governor Kivutha has dismissed Kalonzo Musyoka’s One Kenya Alliance as group of old Kanu members.
He also said that the formation of the alliance comprising of Kalonzo’s Wiper, Musalia Mudavadi’s ANC, Gideon Moi’s Kanu and Moses Wetang’ula’s Ford Kenya means the death of NASA, a coalition they used in 2017 election with Raila Odinga as the presidential candidate.
In a series of tweets, Governor Kibwana recalled that Wiper leader, who is from his Ukambani region, was elected KANU MP in1985.
“Musalia Muddavadi became KANU MP in 1989. Wetang’ula was nominated as KANU MP by [President Daniel] Moi in 1993. Uhuru/Gideon were late arrivals in KANU in 2001/2003 respectively. SK/WETA left ship. Musalia stood with Uhuru in 2002. Later Prezo formed TNA,” he tweeted.
“Except for Gideon, One Kenya Alliance members are Old KANU Alliance. A revival of sorts? Since 2002, SKM has never supported UK’s presidential bid. The formation of OKA means death of NASA. Can OKA go far without the clear endorsement of President and RAO?”
Kibwana’s comments fuel the ongoing coalition making alignments, in which Kalonzo, Mudavadi, Gideon and Wetang’ula have declared they will go to next year’s election united, while Ruto — who has since fallen out with President Uhuru Kenyatta — has signalled he is willing to work with Raila.
Ruto, in an interview with Radio Citizen on Thursday, said he is ready and willing to work with all like-minded politicians who share his dream for the country.
“Anybody who wants to join us to fight poverty and other things that ail the country is welcome,” Ruto said.
“We have our plans, if he believes in us, we will agree and work together,” the Deputy President added.
He further said that the differences between him and Raila are only political.
“There are many things agree with him totally. For example, I agree with him when he says political parties should be national and not regional,” he said.
Two weeks ago, Raila’s brother Oburu Odinga said the ODM leader may work with the Deputy President in the 2022 elections.
Kibwana is aligning with Raila, his Second Liberation ally, and has in the past supported Ruto.
He was until recently against the BBI process before he backed the document after meetings with Raila.
Raila and Ruto, who worked together in ODM under the Pentagon in 2007, find themselves sidelined by the President, who is said to be behind the One Kenya Alliance, also known the Sacred Alliance.