Jubilee party vice-chairman David Murathe believes Kenya needs a ‘Raila presidency’ in 2022, citing that Deputy President Willliam Ruto does not have Kenya’s best interest at heart.
The outspoken former MP and President Uhuru Kenyatta’s confidante also suggests that Kalonzo Musyoka, Musalia Mudavadi, Moses Wetangula and Gideon Moi will eventually team up with the ODM leader before the 2022 General Election.
“It is highly likely that One Kenya Alliance will finally link up with Jakom (Raila Odinga). It is in their best interest to work together. The other one (William Ruto) does not have the best interest of the country at heart. Through Raila as president, the country will experience its Mandela moment,” said Murathe.
One Kenya Alliance is a newly formed political outfit bringing together four perceived regional leader Musalia Mudavadi (ANC), Moses Wetangula (Ford-Kenya), Gideon Moi (KANU) and Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper).
With the exception of Gideon Moi, the other three have worked with Raila before with their latest partnership being the run-up to the 2017 General Election under the National Super Alliance (NASA).
They have however fallen out with the ODM leader accusing him of being selfish and never wanting to endorse and support either of them for the presidency as they did for him twice.
Murathe’s statement comes days after ODM said it is working on an alliance that will shake Kenya’s politics.
“Knowing that partnerships are an essential part of our politics, the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) is also working on a broader, better, and bolder alliance that will shake the country and shape the politics of the land for years to come,” said ODM secretary general Edwin Sifuna.
There has also been speculation President Uhuru and influential power brokers are seeking to isolate Raila Odinga and make it difficult for him to win the presidency in 2022.
The Frontier Post has also established that ‘One Kenya Alliance’ championed by four political party leaders is one such anti-Raila strategy whose aim is to lock the ODM leader out of the Ukambani, Western, and the Rift valley voting block.
There is also talk of President Uhuru backing the formation of a Coastal political party to have the region vote as a block in 2022. Raila receives a lot of support from this region.
The move occasioned criticism from ODM camp as well as from Deputy President William Ruto who said Kenya is beyond regional-tribal political parties.
It raised speculation Ruto and Raila might team up to form a strong political alliance to rival One Kenya Alliance, a partnership many consider very formidable.