Another duel is brewing in Nasa with two estranged leaders plotting political assault against the alliance leader Raila Odinga. Musalia Mudavadi of Amani National Congress (ANC) and Ford Kenya’s Moses Wetang’ula have signalled a plan to form a new political alliance to bring together the entire Western Kenya region with the aim of locking out ODM from the second largest voting bloc after Mt Kenya region.
Fifteen MPs from ANC and Ford Kenya yesterday met and voiced determination to frustrate their affiliate partner, ODM, from furthering its foothold in Western. Opposition leader Raila and ODM have been the dominant forces in the region in the last three general elections.
Wetang’ula and Mudavadi were understood to have sanctioned the meeting held by their lieutenants at a city hotel yesterday where they made a short appearance and left. They are seen to be increasingly positioning themselves for a full-fledged duel against Raila, launched from their Western Kenya trenches.
Wetang’ula has been smarting from rough handling meted out on him by ODM who, last week, orchestrated his ouster as the Senate Minority Leader. Mudavadi and Kalonzo Musyoka of Wiper Party have also been at loggerheads with Raila and the ODM fraternity, since the latter took a mock oath they skipped on January 30 and later, on March 9, struck a surprise solo truce with President Uhuru Kenyatta.
After meeting for two hours behind closed doors, the legislators from ANC and Ford Kenya stated in a joint statement that the new alliance they plan to form is aimed at uniting the Luhya community behind Mudavadi and Wetang’ula ahead of the 2022 elections.
In a veiled reference to Raila, Tongaren MP Eseli Simiyu of Ford Kenya, who read part of the statement said: “We would like to warn those who have been benefitting from our divisions that your days are numbered and we know who you are. We will deal with you accordingly.” The MPs expressed their delight that Musalia and Wetang’ula had finally agreed to work together for the unity of the people of Western Kenya, a region, they noted, that has never put their votes in one basket since 1992.
“As a team we agreed on modalities of ensuring that from now henceforth, Western people will move together,” said Simiyu. The MPs vowed the Luhya leaders are going to work to ensure regional divisions will be something of the past. ANC deputy party leader Ayub Savula said:“ Outsiders must know we are going to work together behind Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Wetang’ula from today onwards.”
ANC, Ford Kenya and Wiper have been asking ODM to officially join government since Raila met Uhuru, saying the Opposition leader’s surprise meeting with the President was a sign of betrayal. But on Tuesday, ODM declared it will not sit and watch Mudavadi and Wetang’ula attack Raila.
ODM leaders, together with some ANC and Jubilee members, exonerated Raila from the woes facing Wetang’ula in the Senate telling him to carry his own cross. ODM Secretary General Edwin Sifuna told off the two principals over their accusations against Raila.