Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka are secretly planning a scheme to unveil a mega coalition that will challenge Deputy President William Ruto’s Kenya Kwanza Alliance at the August general elections.
Raila Odinga is the de facto flag-bearer of the Azimio la Umoja political outfit while Kalonzo has been the prominent figure of the One Kenya Alliance (OKA), even after the unprecedented exit of Amani National Congress (ANC) leader Musalia Mudavadi and Ford-Kenya boss Moses Wetangula.
Mudavadi and Wetangila having joined UDA’s Ruto, it is apparent that OKA will join the Azimio camp.
A new report by the Nation published on Thursday, however, states that a committee, comprising of Raila and Musyoka’s representatives, is currently hashing out the aforementioned coalition deal.
“The two leaders are talking to each other directly but also have a very lean team of trusted allies who are spearheading the negotiations,” a source from Musyoka’s inner circle told the daily.
According to the source, the talks are being led by Ngovi Kitau, Kenya’s Ambassador to Korea, and city lawyer Paul Mwangi, who are close allies of the Wiper boss and the former premier respectively.
“We’ve had some meetings but no deal yet. That’s all for now,” Kitau told the Nation when asked about the ongoing talks.
Mwangi also dismissed the coalition reports labelling them as false. Raila Odinga’s campaign board CEO Elizabeth Meyo however neither denied nor acknowledged the speculation, citing that Raila Odinga was reaching out to all Kenyans to join his Azimio la Umoja movement.
“We, therefore, cannot comment on which specific Kenyans he is engaging with, as this will become clearer as we move along,” Meyo said.