Following the announcement that Jubilee and ODM plan to sign a coalition deal ahead of the 2022 general elections, some of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s allies have become uneasy.
Most of the allies from the Mt. Kenya region are skeptical that the coalition would have long-lasting implications in their political careers. Some politicians went to the extent of quoting the narrative that Raila Odinga is a politician they should hate and fear.
Since 2007, Mt Kenya politicians have portrayed Raila as a politician who should not be President at all costs. They consider any politician that associates with the former Prime Minister an outcast.
Before announcing the coalition deal, Jubilee party members planning to defend their seats in 2022 using the party’s ticket pushed for reforms. Sources revealed that the coalition talks between ODM and Jubilee had thrown members into confusion.
Shock and confusion
Lee Kinyanjui, the Nakuru Governor, and Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru expressed shock over the secrecy of the coalition plans. The Nakuru Governor alleged that the coalition deal was a survival gimmick to divert attention.
Mr. Kinyanjui also questioned why Jubilee did not involve party members in the negotiations. He noted that Jubilee ought to have sorted its domestic issues before considering forming a coalition with other outfits.
“Staunch Jubilee party members have watched with dismay a party we believe in is being hijacked by a few with total disregard for its members. This only further complicates the situation,” Kinyanjui said.
“Party structure and respect for its members is key to success. At the right time, we shall constitute reliable persons to spearhead negotiations with our partners to-be,” he added.
A Jubilee MP who chose to remain anonymous said that the coalition might not work for leaders in the Mt. Kenya region. He noted that most leaders are yet to embrace Raila Odinga fully.
“We have to be honest, they rushed the alliance between Jubilee and ODM. Additionally, it was poorly thought out. The President will not suffer, but the majority of us who now have our political careers in jeopardy will,” the MP said.