- Mr Kabando accused Dr Ruto’s Tanga Tanga movement of sabotaging President Kenyatta’s agenda for the new Kenya through the Building Bridges Initiative.
- However, ODM’s director of elections Junet Mohammed and Jubilee Party Secretary-General Raphael Tuju said they are not aware of the talks.
Jubilee Party politicians allied to President Uhuru Kenyatta are pushing for a coalition with Opposition chief Raila Odinga’s Orange Democratic Movement ahead of the 2022 elections, the Nation has learnt.
Nominated MP Maina Kamanda, Gatanga’s Nduati Ngugi and former MP Kabando wa Kabando on Wednesday opened the lid on the plans, with Mr Kabando, who is a close ally of President Kenyatta, claiming that he is part of a committee that is laying ground for an eventual Uhuru-Raila partnership dubbed UhuRao.
Mr Kamanda claimed the unity between Jubilee Party and ODM is what President Kenyatta has been vouching for.
“We will have a new coalition in 2022. The President has been candid that we can’t follow the same path we used before, and that we will have an inclusive government,” Mr Kamanda, a key member of the Kieleweke group that is opposed to Deputy President William Ruto succeeding President Kenyatta in 2022, said.
“The inclusivity the President has been talking about is the common denominator that brings the country together. We will have to go for a referendum to achieve this and bring our people together,” Mr Kamanda said.
Mr Ngugi disclosed that President Kenyatta and Mr Odinga were aware of talks between leaders elected on ODM and Jubilee Party tickets.
The MP said that the two leaders had united the country and stabilised the economy.
The duo have further showed commitment in fighting graft, “something that was not there between Mr Kenyatta and his deputy Ruto”.
“Since the two leaders have the largest following in the country, I have proposed that the Jubilee and ODM merge and the two leaders vie on the same ticket to lead the country,” he told the Nation.
Mr Nduati said a referendum is inevitable and would dictate which positions the two leaders would contest, but in one party.
However, Suna East MP, who is also ODM’s director of elections, Mr Junet Mohammed, and Jubilee Party Secretary-General Raphael Tuju, said they are not aware of the talks, adding 2022 is “very far”.