Anxiety, high expectations as super alliance talks gather pace

Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka will on Tuesday become the third opposition politician to be endorsed by his party to contest for the top seat on the Opposition’s super alliance ticket.  Ford Kenya’s Moses Wetang’ula and Amani National Congress’ Musalia Mudavadi have already received the backing of their National Delegates Congress (NDC). ODM’s Raila Odinga has already received the backing of party followers at many public gatherings, including during the the party’s 10th anniversary celebrations in Mombasa last month although he is yet to be endorsed by the NDC. Leaders from all affiliate parties of ODM, Wiper, ANC and Ford Kenya are treading carefully as they hope that a leader will be picked without acrimony hat could lead to a fallout. Members of Parliament from Nyanza yesterday expressed hope that the exercise would be successful as similar sentiment were expressed by Senators Hassan Omar, Mutula Kilonzo Jnr, and MPs Dr Chris Wamalwa and Junet Mohammed. Anxiety, high expectations as super alliance talks gather pace Wiper Democratic Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka is expected to be declared the party’s presidential flag bearer on Tuesday during its National Delegates Congress (NDC). That will leave ODM’s supremo Raila Odinga as the only Opposition presidency contender yet to be endorsed by his party to contest in the August 8, 2017 elections. READ MORE Don’t politicise exit of IEBC commissioners, CS Wamalwa tells leaders Governors Ranguma and Obado face ODM wrath after clash with local party officials Jubilee Party descends on Trans Nzoia as scramble for votes intensifies Ford Kenya’s Moses Wetang’ula took the lead when he convened a meeting at Kakamega’s Muliro Garden’s last year that hundreds of youth allied to ODM tried to disrupt. The latest entrant into the alliance, Amani National Congress’ Musalia Mudavadi, who is the main proponent of a super alliance to kick Jubilee out, was given the green light on Thursday at the party delegates congress. United front Leaders have welcomed the super alliance but anxiety remained high over who will be the flag bearer in 2017. The choice of the opposition candidate has caused jitters in CORD, with each of the three co-principals claiming they were the best suited to face Jubilee Party’s President Uhuru Kenyatta. ODM leaders led by Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho have endorsed Raila for the top seat, the Ford Kenya group led by Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale are rooting for Wetang’ula while Wiper MPs want Kalonzo to fly CORD’s flag. Mudavadi says he is the opposition’s best bet to send Jubilee packing. There is a lot of excitement in the air in Opposition circles over the mooted super alliance, but leaders across the country have received the news with anxiety and excitement. The opposition has many times failed to forge a united front, with most candidates going it alone in the 1992, 1997 and Mudavadi doing the same in 2013, apart from 2002 when all major players ganged up to remove Kanu from power. But despite National Rainbow Coalition (Narc) win in 2002, the honey moon among opposition leaders who formed the government quickly dissipated leading to a fall out between king maker Raila and his Liberal Democratic party allies with President Mwai Kibaki. Wiper Secretary General Hassan Omar said the alliance must learn from the botched experience of Narc in 2003. As much as unity was important, it must be anchored on a transformative agenda different from Jubilee’s, Omar said. “It should never be just about the excitement of removing Jubilee from power, otherwise we will open the doors for every form of liability to come on board,” the senator warned. He said for the super alliance to succeed, it must not ride on empty euphoria, must be based on generational change and must have an ideological grounding. “The whole thing of creating positions and organograms is foolish and clownish. Unity should be anchored on purpose, not positions. It is possible for people to galvanise around a vision, not opportunities,” Omar said.
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