One Kenya Alliance (OKA) principals have announced that they will field one presidential candidate in the 2022 General Election.
The principals met at the Great Rift Valley Lodge Resort in Naivasha on Tuesday, August 17.
“We hereby unequivocally state that One Kenya Alliance will field a presidential candidate in next year’s general election. And the candidate is here,” said OKA in a statement read by Kitutu Chache MP Richard Onyonka.
The Alliance made up of Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka, Ford-Kenya’s Moses Wetang’ula, Amani National Congress leader Musalia Mudavadi and KANU’s Gideon Moi says top of its agenda is to “resuscitate Kenya’s economy”.
“What we require as a country is to intensify the war against graft in order to salvage public resources diverted for personal gains and channel them to spur our economy,” said OKA.
The Alliance said it won’t support calls for the removal of Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairperson Wafula Chebukati, saying the move will “destabilise” the Commission, yet the elections are a few months away.
“We support the independence of the electoral commission and we cannot afford to destabilise the IEBC a year to the elections. As the body mandated to oversee the elections, Kenyans are looking forward to a Commission that will deliver a free, fair, credible, and verifiable elections.”
On Friday, August 20, the Court of Appeal will deliver its ruling on BBI, whether the Constitutional change push will go on, or will be thrown out of the window as it had been by the High Court.
OKA says regardless of the outcome the Alliance will respect the appellate court’s decision.
“As an alliance that believes in the rule of law, we shall accept and respect the verdict of the courts. Irrespective of the outcome, we wish to restate that our resolve to be the leadership committed to seeing a one united Kenya,” said OKA.
The outfit’s decision to field a presidential candidate in the 2022 General Election comes on the back of efforts by President Uhuru Kenyatta to convince the four principals to support a Raila Odinga candidature in the presidential contest.
Musyoka, Wetang’ula, Mudavadi and Moi have reportedly failed to reach a mutual agreement that would see them endorse Raila Odinga for President.
Wiper’s Kalonzo Musyoka said he had supported Raila Odinga in the 2013 and 2017 general elections, and he’d be “stupid” to root for a Raila presidency for a third time.
Samburu West MP Naisula Lesuuda said the principals are currently deliberating on a compromise candidate, who will fly OKA’s flag in the 2022 presidential race.
“We understand everyone wants to know who our presidential candidate is. We are solely behind our principals, and whoever they will give us, we will back him fully,” Lesuuda, who was among 132 OKA-affiliated members at the Great Rift Valley Lodge Resort, said.
Wetangula Ally Majimbo Kalasinga Switches Loyalty to DP Ruto
Ford Kenya leader and Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang’ula has suffered a setback after his ally declared support for Deputy President William Ruto’s 2022 presidential bid.
Kabuchai MP Joseph Majimbo Kalasinga joined the hustler bandwagon during the DP’s tour of Bungoma County last Friday.
“You supported me a lot and I must reciprocate that gesture,” Kalasinga told the DP while addressing residents at Chwele trading centre.
The MP’s about-turn has sparked speculation over whether he has the blessings of his party boss who has on numerous occasions denied links to Ruto.
The MP claimed to have brought greetings from Wetang’ula.
“Our beloved DP Ruto let me tell you that you and Bungoma are one thing and we are ready to work with you in your quest to empower the hustlers of this country,” he said.
But Wetangula’s aide Wafula Wakoli rubbished Majimbo’s claims saying Ford Kenya had no plans of working with UDA.
“Ford Kenya Party has mechanisms and structures to do things and the sentiments by Majimbo that he had been sent by our party leader Moses Wetang’ula to tell DP Ruto that as a party we are supporting his hustler narrative is total lies,” he said.
Wakoli said Ford Kenya was working with One Kenya Alliance.
“We want to say that those sentiments by Kalasinga were his own and not those of the Lion’s party,” he said.
He asked Ford Kenya members to rally behind Wetangula.
“Our party is firm under the able leadership of Wetangula and we are working with other leaders of One Kenya Alliance to take our people to State House come August next year,” he said.
Wakoli said that the party has MCA’s and other MPs who have not declared support for UDA.
Kalasinga joined five Jubilee Party MPs from Bungoma who accompanied the DP during the tour of the county.
Interestingly, the lawmaker was in the company of UDA’s Evans Kakai who came second after garnering 6,455 votes in the by-election.
Kalasinga garnered 19,274 votes to trounce seven candidates in the March 4 by-election. The by-election was occasioned by the death of former MP James Mukwe who was an ally of Ruto.
This comes even as pundits opine that the sibling rivalry within Ford Kenya seems to be a blessing in disguise for Ruto’s UDA party.
Politicians allied to the DP in Bungoma have been taking advantage of cracks in Ford Kenya to solidify his support base.
Ford Kenya has split down the middle, with the Bungoma Senator leading one faction, while the other wing is led by MPs Wafula Wamunyinyi (Kanduyi) and Eseli Simiyu (Tongaren).
The party split following a coup attempt where Wamunyinyi declared himself the party leader.
However, Wetang’ula obtained court orders stopping his removal, pending hearing and determination of the matter.
The party’s National Executive Committee had accused the senator of gross misconduct and failing to champion the unity of members.
The also accused Wetang’ula of failure to reconcile warring members.
The senator has been working to restore sanity in the party amid ongoing political realignments ahead of next year’s polls.
Tusker To Kick-off Title Defense Against AFC Leopards In FKF-PL Season Opener
FKF Premier League reigning champions Tusker will kick off their title defense campaign with a crucial match against AFC Leopards in the 2021-2022 topflight fixtures released by the federation on Friday.
According to the fixtures, the season will kick off next week on Saturday, September 25 with another top match featuring record Kenyan champions Gor Mahia and last season runners up KCB.
However, before the league kicks off, local league champions Tusker and FKF Cup holders Gor Mahia will clash on Wednesday in the traditional Super Cup curtain-raiser.
National Super League champions FC Talanta and runners-up Vihiga Bullets will join other 15 teams in the topflight league after earning automatic promotion slots.
Talanta will mark their return to the top league with a match against Wazito FC as Vihiga Bullets entertain Bidco United.
The last team to join and complete the 18-team league will be known on Sunday Vihiga United and Kenya Police FC set to clash in the second leg of the promotion play-off having played out to a 1-1 draw last weekend.
The new FKF-PL season will kick off without a title sponsor after the exit of Nigerian gaming firm BetKing.
According to the new fixtures, Bandari will host Mathare, Posta Rangers entertain Kariobangi Sharks and Sofapaka play Nairobi City Stars.
2021-2022 FKF-PL Fixtures
Opening weekend, Saturday, September 25
Posta Rangers v Kariobangi Sharks, Thika Stadium
Gor Mahia v KCB, MISC Kasarani 1pm
Vihiga Bullets v Bidco United, Bukhungu Stadium
Bandari v Mathare United, Mbaraki Stadium
Talanta v Wazito, MISC Kasarani
Sofapaka v Nairobi City Stars, Nyayo National Stadium
Sunday, September 26
AFC Leopards v Tusker Nyayo National Stadium, 1 pm
Ulinzi v Nzoia Sugar ASK Grounds, Nakuru
Kakamega Homeboyz v Vihiga United/Police FC, Bukhungu