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Gideon Moi Meets Mudavadi, Kalonzo days After Defecting to Raila Camp

KANU chairman Gideon Moi on Wednesday, June 30, held a brief meeting with ANC Party Leader Musalia Mudavadi and Wiper Party Leader Kalonzo Musyoka.

The meeting came amid reports on the KANU Chairman decamping to a new partnership with ODM Leader Raila Odinga from the One Kenya Alliance.

Gideon had on several occasions skipped meetings organised by his One Kenya Alliance co-principals where he is a principal alongside Mudavadi, Kalonzo, and Ford Kenya Party Leader Moses Wetangula.

Gideon snubbed a meeting attended by the three OKA principals last week on Tuesday in Nairobi. The trio later said in a statement that they met as Nasa and not OKA leaders, perhaps to downplay Gideon’s absence.

“They [Kalonzo, Mudavadi and Wetang’ula] resolved to issue a comprehensive statement on the state of Nasa in due course,” the press statement said.

Other leaders present in the meeting were Senator Nairobi County Johnson Sakaja, Senator Makueni County Mutula Kilonzo Jnr, Tiaty MP William Kamket, among others.

According to reports by The Star,KANU political supremos agreed to rally behind Raila, a move likely to weaken the amorphous One Kenya Alliance. Analysts had speculated that the alliance had President Uhuru Kenyatta’s blessings.

Gideon made the technical move on the advice of President Uhuru Kenyatta, an indication that Uhuru has settled on Raila as his preferred candidate to face off with Deputy President William Ruto in the 2022 polls.

Ealier this week, The signing of a pre-election coalition between ODM and Jubilee was the clearest signal that something big was afoot.

During the President’s visit to Nyanza early this month, he said his handshake with Raila is a long term engagement that will go into the future.

On Saturday, Raila said that the formation of a heavy political machine is in the works. The formation, which he said will transform into a “tsunami”, will sweep the country in next year’s general election

“There is a strong wind coming. It is heavy. It will turn into a tsunami. That is why I want our people to know that we know where we are going.”

“We want our people to know that the machine we are making is a heavy one. You see others chest-thumping, they are passing wind,” he added.

Mudavadi has also dismissed claims that there are talks for the revival of Nasa, maintaining that the reports are a “distortion of issues.”

The ANC leader has ruled out working with his ODM counterpart saying he cannot trust Raila. “We have a very serious deficit of trust in Nasa. In fact, maybe it is irredeemable,” Mudavadi said.

He accused Raila of creating a false narrative around the possibility of Nasa coming back together ahead of the August 2022 polls.


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