The country’s top newspaper on Monday, January 24 reported on the working pact reached by Amani National Congress (ANC) party leader Musalia Mudavadi and Deputy President William Ruto.
The newspapers also reported on the future of the One Kenya Alliance (OKA) after two of it’s principals walked out of Mudavadi’s meeting after learning about DP Ruto’s presence.
The newspaper reported the walk-out staged by One Kenya Alliance (OKA) principals; Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka and KANU chairman Gideon Moi.
The two had graced ANC party leader Musalia Mudavadi’s meeting at the BOMAS of Kenya on Sunday, January 23 and all was well until DP William Ruto showed up.
Following the DP’s entrance to the auditorium, Kalonzo and Gideon could be seen leaving the high table while waving at the attendees.
In a statement, KANU said that its leader walked out of the meeting because some of Mudavadi’s friends are not our friends and we are unsafe with them.
According to the newspaper, Mudavadi and Ruto have ganged up against Raila’s Azimio, indicating that a titanic political battle is in the offing.
However, as Mudavadi and Ruto come together, their working formula remains a headache for many, considering they are both eyeing the country’s top seat.
On the other hand, ANC party leadership ratified Mudavadi’s presidential bid, declaring that he will be on the presidential ballot, ruling out any possibility of him playing second fiddle to another presidential hopeful.
However, should Ruto hold on to his bid, he may have to pick Mudavadi as his running mate to make their new pact intact.
If Ruto jointly vies with Mudavadi, the vote-rich Mt Kenya region, where he (Ruto) had indicated he would draw his running mate from, will be in the middle of nowhere.
The newspaper reported the bad political blood between ANC’s Mudavadi and ODM leader Raila Odinga.
Speaking during his meeting on Sunday, January 23, Mudavadi ruled out the possibility of working with Raila, noting that a coalition with Azimio La Umoja was not among ANC’s options.
Mudavadi noted that despite working with the ODM leader in the past, he would not be part of his State House race in the August 9 General Elections.
The newspaper reported on the pre-election working pact reached by Musalia Mudavadi and DP William Ruto during the ANC National Delegates Conference (NDC) on Sunday.
During the meeting, ANC party announced the decision to have Mudavadi on the presidential ballot as its candidate with DP Ruto hinting a coalition between the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party and ANC.
The DP also announced that the two outfits would embark on joint presidential campaigns ahead of the General Elections.
“I want to confirm on behalf of UDA and my team that we will work with ANC and all the other parties that want to walk this journey of bringing Kenya together…We will from now on walk together and beginning Wednesday, we shall be in Nakuru,” said Ruto.
The Swahili newspaper reported on the death of One Kenya Alliance (OKA) following the working agreement reached between UDA, ANC and FORD Kenya parties.
The newspaper noted that Kalonzo and Gideon’s walk-out was a clear indication that the coalition may not be resuscitated following the DP’s invasion.
OKA brings together ANC’s Musalia Mudavadi, KANU’s Gideon Moi, Moses Wetangula of FORD Kenya and Kalonzo Musyoka of Wiper party.
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