Uhuru on fresh mission pushing OKA chiefs to back Odinga
President Uhuru Kenyatta is back at it again trying to woo One Kenya Alliance (OKA) Principals to back ODM Chief Raila Odinga’s State House race come 2020 general election.
This is after the previous meeting which saw all the OKA chiefs, Odinga and President Uhuru Kenyatta unite in Mombasa, but appears not to have yielded results.
Odinga has been on a campaign trail recently, sharpening his axe in readiness to face his opponents, including Deputy President William Ruto.
Even though none of them have declared their bid for the presidency, it is evident that the ODM chief is up for a tough race against his once political student, Ruto.
Last week, Odinga concluded his Mt. Kenya political tour which saw the elite group of billionaires from the region agree to endorse his presidential race to the State House.
Top Mt Kenya tycoons backed Raila’s candidature even as they declared the beginning of a grand search for President Uhuru Kenyatta’s successor.
Mount Kenya Foundation which forms the mountains elite group which is deputized by Titus Ibui disclosed that the President met the wealthy club members in Sagana, Nyeri county last year and sought their help in identifying an ideal person to take over in 2022.
“Our President expressed his wish to abide by the Constitution as his term is coming to an end. He has asked us what kind of advice would you give me about my succession,”
MKF vice-chairman Titus Ibue said.
“And we told him we are not going to give you a name but we want to give you a person who has the character we would want to see in State House,” he added.
With Uhuru trying to rally OKA chiefs to back Odinga, it’s not clear how the coalition would look like after OKA bosses, except KANU Chairrman Gideon Moi ditched NASA.
Since 2002, Odinga has been in three teams, the first one being NARC, followed by COARD then NASA.
Wiper party leader Kalonzo and ANC’s Musalia Mudavadi who were both in NASA want to run for president and Kalonzo’s supporters have said they will not tolerate Kalonzo backing Odinga again.
Initial efforts by the President to push Odinga’s presidency triggered fury in OKA after Musalia and Kalonzo stood their ground.
They demanded the ODM boss back one of them to reciprocate their support in 2013 and 2017.
ANC deputy party leader Ayub Savula said Friday’s meeting will provide a platform for Oka chiefs to table their agenda before the Mount Kenya Foundation.