On Sunday, a group of delegates representing the One Kenya Alliance (OKA) left the National Delegates Convention (NDC) organized by party leader Musalia Mudavadi.
When they realized that Deputy President William Ruto had been invited to the event, Kalonzo Musyoka and Gideon Moi of the Wiper Party left in a huff—in the company of their new ally, businessman Jimi Wanjigi.
Kahawa Tungu understands that Mudavadi, who has been endorsed to vie for the presidency by Amani National Congress, is set to team up with Ruto’s United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party ahead of the August General Election.
Ford Kenya leader Moses Wetangula, a principal in OKA, was attending the event.
Several politicians allied to Ruto including members of parliament and governors were also present.
Mudavadi said he will announce a decision on his future political move, which he calls a ‘political earthquake that will shake the country.’
Kalonzo, Moi, and Wanjigi attended an event at Bomas which endorsed Mudavadi as the ANC’s new flag bearer. The delegates also gave the party boss permission to work with other parties in order to win the next election.
The OKA principals walked out shortly after Ruto allies started arriving for the event. Some of the Ruto footsoldiers attending the event include Governors Anne Waiguru (Kirinyaga) Josphat Nanok (Turkana), lawmakers Aden Duale, Aisha Jumwa, Kipchumba Murkomen, Didmus Barasa among others.
The latest comes amid speculations that the OKA leaders are not reading from the same script.
Last week, Mudavadi snubbed a key retreat in Naivasha that was meant to pick the alliance’s presidential candidate.
Mudavadi’s absence at the event, attended by the other three OKA principals, cast doubt on his commitment to the alliance.
Word has it that a technical team tasked with helping OKA choose a presidential candidate had at the time concluded their simulations that Kalonzo is the best bet to fly the alliance’s flag.