The much-anticipated alliance between William Ruto and Musalia Mudavadi has started taking shape as various technical teams are formed to work towards the possibility of bringing the two together as a formidable force in 2022 penultimate general election. The two leaders are also consolidating their support across the country by recruiting supporters in what is dubbed the Holy Alliance. Analysts and those close to the duo argue that Uhuru Kenyatta, and ODM leader Raila Odinga, have perfected the art of unholy political alliances, going by what Ruto is currently experiencing in Jubilee. Also on board is Ford-Kenya led by Moses Wetang’ula who is also the Bungoma county senator. Just like Uhuru, Raila is known not to honour pre-election MoUs he has signed with Mudavadi, Kalonzo Musyoka and Wetang’ula.
Thursday’s decision by Ruto to unveil a parallel office christened Jubilee Asili Centre located on Makindu Road off Riara Road in Nairobi’s Kilimani area is said to be part of a scheme to break away from the mainstream ruling Jubilee Party. The decision came after he hosted 20 Jubilee MPs, including those removed from parliamentary committees, and leadership for supporting his presidential campaigns and is expected to open up a new battlefront with Uhuru Kenyatta in the tussle for the control of Jubilee Party. Outspoken and combative Elgeyo-Marakwet senator Kipchumba Murkomen who was ousted from the senate majority leader said they had opted to open new party offices to hold party meetings. He claimed they had been denied access to Jubilee party headquarters in Pangani on Thika Road.
On his part, the ANC leader has already set up his presidential campaign secretariat known as Musalia Mudavadi Centre. Wetang’ula also has a secretariat. Ruto, Mudavadi and Wetang’ula were instrumental in brokering the late Koffi Annan peace deal between the then president Mwai Kibaki and Raila, leading to the Grand Coalition Government and their supporters, and handlers argue they will eventually agree on power-sharing formula once the BBI report which has blessings of the president is finally passed into a legally binding document. The new alliance has Narc leader Martha Karua on the radar, another key face in the Koffi Annan peace deal that secured peace in the country after the chaotic and disputed 2007 presidential general election. However, political observers have intimated that Ruto’s latest move is part of a larger scheme and preparations that will result in mass resignations in the party as the DP launches a full out war against his bosom friend Uhuru in a show of political muscle and popularity.
It is said Uhuru fears political heat, and that is why he embraced Raila with the handshake, and if Ruto goes head-on with a new alliance to counter the handshake, Uhuru will eventually have to bow and give in. Sources even say that fearing defeat in the hands of Kibaki in 2002, Uhuru almost gave up campaigning avoiding the then president Daniel Arap Moi calls forcing Moi then in power to instruct him to be in Nakuru. That is what Uhuru was referring to during Moi’s burial at Kabarak, leaving mourners where Uhuru was the chief mourner in stitches. As part of their onslaught against the handshake team of Uhuru and Raila Odinga, the Holy Alliance has been holding a series of consultative meetings with different stakeholders. Mudavadi on his part has been holding consultative meetings with prominent politicians from other parts of the country that include Uasin Gishu governor Jackson Mandago, former presidential candidates Martha Karua and Peter Kenneth among others.
On his part, DP Ruto has held a series of meetings with different stakeholders who include religious leaders, businessmen and opinion leaders from different communities. The ANC leader is also said to be working on a plan power deal with Wetang’ula to counter CS Eugene Wamalwa and Governor Wycliffe Oparanya faction in Western that has Cotu boss Francis Atwoli’s blessings. As a start, those in the game plan are potential presidential candidates with no one rated higher as it happens with Raila who is seen always as the man to beat and domineering. However, impeccable sources revealed to WC that plans are underway for Ruto and Mudavadi to work together, and it is only a matter of time before ‘a political tornado’ hits the country’s political scene. Those conversant with the developments said the big question that remains to be answered is who among the two, will be the presidential or the prime ministerial candidate once the issue of the Building Bridges Initiative draft Bill is finalized or based on the advice of their technical teams launch an onslaught against BBI either through parliament or the referendum route.
Insiders in both camps said Ruto, Mudavadi, Wetangula’s technical teams are putting in place strategic mechanisms to consolidate their operations in a single secretariat. Their strategists are also preparing different available options on whether they should support the BBI Bill whose key plank is power-sharing through the creation of the offices of the prime minister and two deputies among other constitutional changes. This system being pushed by the handshake team is popularly referred to as “consociational democracy,” that is emerging as the political system of choice in many countries around the world that are facing a problem of cohesiveness. This form of government that lacks significant opposition and the executive is formed by a cabinet, which consists of representatives from all political groups is essentially a parliamentary system.
This form of government is currently operational in Belgium, Austria and has started gaining popularity in some countries in Africa and Latin America. However, both Ruto and Mudavadi have expressed their reservations about this type of government, and that is why their strategists are working on a plan on how to counter it. The technical teams being formed will comprise of political scientists from universities to craft their campaign strategy, political messaging, a name for their new alliance and the party manifesto. Insiders from the camps said among the dons being targeted is Amukowa Anangwe, Karuti Kanyinga, Frank Matanga, and Joseph Magut and Edward Kisianganyi among others. The media team will compromise social media keyboard warriors and veteran journalists. They are also working on plans on how to recruit communication dons from different universities to provide consultancy services on a need basis. They have also set up a legal team that is composed of prominent lawyers.