Can Deputy President Dr. William Ruto stand an ODM-JUBILEE party alliance?
President Uhuru Kenyatta and his “brother” Raila Amolo Odinga are in the process of forming a powerful political coalition ahead of 2022.
Accordin’g to trusted allies of the two,the ultimate plan is to have one presidential candidate for the two parties.
This is expected to take place after ODM and Jubilee signs an agreement as is expected in the next few weeks.
The Kenya political arena is known for merging parties to form alliances when nearing a general election.
Ahead of the August 2017 general elections for example National Supper Alliance (NASA ) was formed in January the same year. It brought together parties such as Wiper,Orange Democratic movents , Amani National Congress Chama Cha Uzalendo and National Rainbow coalition.
Jubilee was composed of parties such as The National Alliance,United Republican party and United Docratic forum,just to mention a few.
The same has been witnessed in the president’s camp after signing an agreement by Chama Cha Mashinani’s Isack Ruto and Wiper’s Kalonzo Musyoka.
An agreement or a coalition
The three opted for cooperation agreement in stead of a coalition because they will lose their status as minority parties in Parliament if they enter a formal post-poll coalition with Jubilee as was the case with Kanu.
The two parties are affiliated to the National Super Alliance (NASA)
According to close allies of the two leaders ,ODM and Jubilee are expected to sign a cooperation Agreement after which any interested parties will be given invitations.
It is through this that they plan to craft a coalition, which will lead to the signing of a pre-election agreement for the next general election.
Yesterday ,Hon.John Mbadi,the ODM chairman said that the party was keen on an election deal with jubilee prior to general elections.
He continued to confirm that it is no secret that ODM and Jubilee are yet to get into a coalition then later invite all like-minded parties
“Parties are formed to win power and govern. They are not charitable organisations. Towards the 2022 elections, political visibility and strength will be achieved only if we strategise properly,”Said Mbadi.
Close sources say that the legal team drafting the coalition papers is being led by Siaya Senator and Senate Minority leader ,James Orengo.
While in Taita Taveta last Month, Mr. Orengo said that “there is possibility that the two top leaders will form a political alliance ahead of 2022 because they are working together to stabilise the country,”
He added that President Kenyatta and Raila Odinga will continue to work together for the unity of this country whether other people like it or not.
The two parties are concluding paperwork ahead of the cooperation deal.
A member of ODM party who sought anonymity divulged that “the draft paperwork on a co-operation agreement is at its tail-end.”
Mr. Mbadi said that a cooperation agreement by jubilee is the party’s immediate Centre of attention
He however laid emphasis on the fact that the deal will not include government appointments but rather,support in parliament and other areas of national interest,but still no one should be surprised if some ODM insiders get appointed to some key political positions.
Jubilee party Secretary general yesterday also affirmed that the decision to sign agreement pacts was a sign of possible future coalition.
He added that towards the end of Uhuru’s term,Jubilee would likely consider a pre- election coalition.
Further,he said that currently ,the agreements are aimed at ensuring that they deliver on the promises made to Kenyans.
Tuju also said that despite the recent cooperation agreement with Chama Cha Mashinani and Wiper,just like Orange Democratic Movement,they remain active members of NASA.
Accordin’g to the Jubilee National Advisory Council Secretary Hassan Osman ,the agreement signed between the two parties and Jubilee, are a pointer to further engagements moving forward to 2022.