- That Jubilee and ODM are pursuing a coalition ahead of 2022 is no longer a rumour.
- UDA-allied William Ruto has thrown cold water at the idea.
ODM Secretary General Edwin Sifuna says coalition talks between ODM and Jubilee are ongoing.
Speaking on TV47’s Ukumbi Wa Siasa, Sifuna said once the principals of the two parties (President Uhuru Kenyatta-Jubilee, and Raila Odinga-ODM) agree, then we will “go ahead and sign a pact.”
“There are many issues on the table, not just who will be the presidential flag-bearer of the two parties,” said Sifuna. “We must discuss on how we will share the seats just below the Executive and governors, and how we will win more seats in the 2022 elections than the two parties currently have.”
Sifuna: No Dissolution
Sifuna said the ODM-Jubilee pact will not see the dissolution of the parties, rather it will be a coalition similar to the National Super Alliance (NASA). The alliance brought together ODM, Wiper Democratic Movement, FORD-Kenya, ANC, National Rainbow Coalition, Progressive Party of Kenya, Chama Cha Uzalendo and the Muungano Party (MP). It was formed in January 2017, in the run up to that year’s general elections.
Speaking in Juja yesterday, Deputy President William Ruto laughed off the proposed ODM-Jubilee coalition. “When history is written, I think Jubilee will be in the Guinness Book of Records. That once upon a time, there was a ruling party that collapsed, died and sold to the opposition,” he said.
Sifuna spoke on a wide range of issues revolving around the ODM party, alleged lack of internal democracy and the overall political matrix ahead of 2022.
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