BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,23RD JAN,2022-A section of One Kenya Alliance (OKA) principals stormed out of the eagerly-awaited Musalia Mudavadi event in Bomas of Kenya Sunday.
Former Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka and KANU Chairman Gideon Moi made their exit from the Amani National Congress’ National Delegates Convention called to confirm Mudavadi as the Presidential candidate of ANC.
Kalonzo and Senator Moi left alongside businessman Jimi Wanjigi, who has also expressed interest in the country’s presidency.
The three had arrived for the event and were seated ready to receive Mudavadi for his big day. But things took a different turn as soon as allies of Deputy President William Ruto, who included Aden Duale, Johnstone Muthama, Irungu Kang’ata, Dismus Barasa, and lawyer Nelson Havi started making their way into the conference.
Appearing shocked by the turn of events in Bomas, the KANU and Wiper leaders immediately sought clarification on who had been invited to the meeting, amid threats to exit the venue.
It soon became clear that Ruto himself was on his way to Bomas and the OKA duo in company of Wanjigi and their political allies made good their threat and at once made their way out in protest.
Interestingly, their other co-principal and Ford Kenya leader Moses Wetangula stayed behind and was at hand to receive Mudavadi and Ruto at Bomas.
Sunday’s developments confirmed fears that the OKA leaders were not reading from the same Script. Before the ANC convention, there had been talk that Mudavadi was gravitating towards Ruto while Kalonzo and Gideon were thought to be contemplating joining forces with ODM’s Raila Odinga.
Indeed, events of the last few days have shown that ANC had established a good working relationship with UDA, with Ruto and Mudavadi allies toning down and softening political attacks against each other.
Recently, when Raila hosted Azimio la Umoja event in Kakamega County, Mudavadi’s ally Cleophas Malalah, the outspoken Kakamega Senator organized a football tournament which was graced by DP Ruto.