- Jubilee leaders openly supported the ODM candidate Imran Okoth in the Kibra by-election
- Makadara MP George Aladwa set the tone, calling on Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua to stick with Mr Odinga ahead of 2022
- Mr Waweru asked President Kenyatta and Mr Odinga to lock the Tangatanga team out of the 2022 race
Talks of a new political alliance ahead of the 2022 general election are heightening after a section of Jubilee Party leaders hinted at a major realignment in readiness for the next polls.
The calls started with the campaigns for the November 7 Kibra by-election that saw leaders from the ruling party openly supporting Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) candidate Bernard Imran Okoth.
The leaders, mostly allied to Jubilee’s Kieleweke faction led by nominated MP Maina Kamanda, rallied their troops in support of Mr Okoth, calling him a “handshake” candidate.
During a thanksgiving rally on Sunday for Mr Okoth at DC grounds in Kibra, leaders from both ODM and Jubilee revisited the call, saying, they are ready to support President Uhuru Kenyatta and Mr Raila Odinga, the architects of the March 9, 2018 handshake that pacified the nation after a bruising election the previous year.
“The way Baba's bedroom has been a no-go-zone, 2022 will also be the same. I'm ready to support Raila [and] Uhuru in 2022. Kibra was handshake number one and we are done with it. Now give us the BBI [report] to see where to correct or add,” Cherangany MP Joshua Kutuny said.
This came after Makadara MP George Aladwa set the tone, calling on Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua to stick with Mr Odinga ahead of 2022.
He hinted at a new alliance that will also involve governors Charity Ngilu (Kitui), Anne Waiguru (Kirinyaga) and Kivutha Kibwana (Makueni).
“Let Uhuru not renege on the handshake deal and support Raila in 2022. If Uhuru is enjoying you, you also enjoy him. If you say handshake is done with we will quickly make an about turn,” Mr Aladwa said.
When his time came, Dr Mutua, the Maendeleo Chap Chap party leader, said he is ready to work Mr Odinga to unite the country as well as uplift the lives of Kenyans.