As the 2017 general elections nears more wrangles and conflicts are starting to play out in the public domain.
CORD is the latest coalition to experience turbulence with Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula shelving his presidential bid launch in Kakamega County twice. The county’s Governor Oparanya warned him that ‘Kakamega ina Wenyewe’ and he should do his launch in Nairobi or his village Sirisia.
Sources privy to the whole debacle claim Baba is not happy as its seen Weta is encroaching an ODM stronghold which Baba believes is under key and lock.
The latest now is Wiper Party members who are threatening to leave the CORD coalition should their party leader and co-principal Kalonzo Musyoka not be automatically tapped as the 2017 general election presidential candidate.
According to the Star, Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana demanded that Kalonzo be backed as had been the pact made leading up to the 2013 general election.
“Our party leader agreed to be Raila’s 2013 running mate on condition that he would be the automatic CORD candidate in the 2017 election,”said Kibwana.
Mbooni MP Kisoi Munyao also told the newspaper that Ukambani and the Eastern Kenya region would not negotiate the pact made saying that Kalonzi will have to be on the ballot papers.
Following the announcements by the three principals who individually declared interests in vying for the presidential seat over the past months, the moves caused confusion and rifts within the coalition that saw the three parties and their supporters turning on each other.
CORD then resolved to hire an independent foreign expert who would come up with a combination of leaders among the three of them who would be the party’s flag bearer for president and deputy.
ODM and Ford-Kenya agreed to the resolution but Wiper has since rejected the idea standing firm by the pact that was made in 2013 to automatically nominate Kalonzo.
“Things are so bad. Kalonzo is quietly insisting that he must be the presidential candidate. There is a real threat that he might bolt,” said a CORD source as quoted in the Star.
Both the coalition and the Jubilee administration have openly acknowledged that former Prime Minister and coalition leader Raila Odinga is the only formidable opponent to face President Uhuru Kenyatta.
“We only fear Tinga. The other two are like walk overs to us. If you front them, we will be done with them by 9 am,” boasted TNA Secretary General Onyango Oloo as quoted in the paper too.
Despite showing a united front in public, privately the wrangles continue in a manner set to reveal the future of the coalition judging by who are going to be combined together to vie for the presidential and his deputy’s seats.
As Raila continues to be the party favorite for the nomination, Wetangula and Kalonzo’s bids elicited mixed reactions in the coalition as well as the grass root strongholds of the three leaders.
They were urged to shelve their bids in favor of Raila’s fourth attempt at ascending to the seat of power because of his national appeal despite all three having the right to seek nomination from the coalition.
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