In a new twist of events Raila Odinga’s ODM has trashed an alleged MoU(memorandum of understanding) that bars him running for presidency on Cord ticket in 2017 and instead Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka should contest.
Many Kenyans are not good in honoring MoUs with the famous one being between Raila odinga(LDP) and Mwai Kibaki(Narc) before the 2002 elections in which former president Kibaki disregarded the MoU.
On Sunday, April 10, ODM denied the existence of any such document and according to ODM Raila is the de facto Cord flag bearer and supremo leader.
Kalonzo Musyoka’s Wiper has condemned the move of the partner party regarding the MoU, terming it “ as political conman-ship at its best”.
It is alleged that Cord captain, Raila, before 2013 elections promised that he will be a one-term president, and then support Kalonzo in the next election (2017) and Ford Kenya’s Moses Wetang’ula to complete the web in 2022.
According to the Star, this was detailed in an addendum to the 2013 Cord Pact, which Wiper party leader had refused append his signature without the one-term clause.
On their side, ODM said their understanding was that Raila would win and rule for five years then hands over to Kalonzo.
The three partners- Wiper, ODM and Ford Kenya have now sharply differed on the agreement that did not expressly provide for a scenario where Raila might not emerge the winner in 2013.
ODM Treasurer Timothy Bosire, affirmed to Star that there was an MoU quickly drafted to bring the three principals together as the 2013 election campaigns heightened.
“The MoU was there, and the operative words here were ‘if Raila becomes President’. It was not of Raila’s making not to become President in 2013. While I have tremendous respect for Wetang’ula and Kalonzo, Raila is senior in the team and a doyen of the opposition with a huge presence countrywide,” the Kitutu Masaba MP said.
Kitutu Chache South MP Richard Onyonka (ODM) said that Raila had agreed to pass the baton to Kalonzo in 2017 on condition that he wins the presidency then.
“The belief was Raila becomes a one-term President and now that he never won I can’t see why we can talk of an MoU that was never fulfilled. With the way it is going, I do not see Cord going far. There is a lot of infighting and disagreements, the principals must sit down and agree on the best combination that resonates with Kenyans to beat Jubilee in 2017,” Onyonka told the Star.
Wiper secretary general and Mombasa Senator Hassan Omar on Saturday, April 9 said the December 4, 2012, pact gives the Wiper mandate to run for 2017 elections and the party has already laid down the mechanisms for Kalonzo’s campaigns.
Homa Bay Town MP Peter Kaluma,