The One Kenya Alliance (OKA) principals have made a resolution to field its own presidential candidate in the General Election.
OKA principals Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper), Musalia Mudavadi (Amani National Congress), Moses Wetangula (Ford Kenya) and Gideon Moi (KANU) made the resolution on Tuesday, 17 August 2021 after a two-day retreat at Great Rift Valley Lodge in Naivasha.
The principals told the media that their preferred presidential candidate will be announced soon.
“We hereby unequivocally state that One Kenya Alliance will field a presidential candidate in next year’s general elections,” the principals said in a statement.
The principals were recently reported to be under pressure to support ODM leader Raila Odinga’s 2022 presidential bid.
All the four leaders met President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House in Mombasa last week where the Head of State reportedly insisted that they should back Raila’s bid for the top seat as he has a better chance of beating his deputy William Ruto.
It is said that President Kenyatta pressured the leaders to drop their bids in favour of the former Prime Minister who has been cooperating with the Jubilee administration since their March 9, 2018 handshake. But Kalonzo and Musalia are said to have rejected the proposal.
At the same time on Tuesday, ODM leader was in Nakuru County launching his 2022 campaign roadmap dubbed “Azimio la Umoja’.
Raila accused a section of leaders for taking advantage problems dividing the country rather than finding a lasting solution.
“We need to build a nation where leaders exist to serve people and not lord over them. A nation where meritocracy shall replace mediocrity and nepotism. A country with zero tolerance to corruption,” Raila said.
“In our own small way, we must start that conversation. We must start talking about how to ensure elections are not about government but governance. A country where elections are not death traps.”