Moses Kuria raises the stakes before joining OKA and it’s all about Azimio » Capital News
Nairobi, Kenya, 27 February – Chama cha Kazi party leader Moses Kuria now says he is ready to work with the One Kenya Alliance (OKA) only if they do not partner with the Azimio Coalition the Umoja by Raila Odinga.
Kuria said he does not subscribe to the ideals and agenda of the Azimio la Umoja Coalition.
Kuria made the remarks on Sunday when he met with OKA directors, including Wiper’s Kalonzo Musyoka, Martha Karua (NARC-K), Cyrus Jirongo (UDP) and KANU Executive Director George Wainaina, who represented Gideon Me.
He said the OKA team had invited him and his party to join them, but he is clear on his terms.
“While we share many ideals between Chama Cha Kazi and OKA, we have agreed to work together as long as OKA does not join the Azimio coalition, which is incompatible with myself and the Chama Cha Kazi party,” Kuria said. in a press release.
The OKA then issued a statement indicating that it had postponed the signing of its coalition agreement in order to welcome more new partners.
“We continue to receive requests from various political parties who have expressed interest in joining us,” OKA spokesman Fredrick Okang’o said in a statement. Therefore, in the spirit of inclusiveness, we have postponed the official unveiling of the OKA Coalition as well as the signing of the coalition agreement which was scheduled for tomorrow to a later date this week in order to welcome new partners.
The Chama cha Kazi party leader, who is also the MP for Gatundu Sud, said they will hold a follow-up meeting on Wednesday next week to agree on the way forward.
This is the first time that Kuria has openly expressed its desire to ally itself with other rival parties ahead of the August 9 elections.
The recent move could put an end to speculation over which political party the MP for Gatundu South would support as the country enters the final stage of the upcoming elections, which will mark the end of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s 10-year term.
Earlier this month, on February 15, Kuria posted photos on the sidelines of the Gulf Cooperation Council-Kenya Business Forum with allies of President Uhuru Kenyatta, sparking speculation in the political arena that they may close ranks before the August 9 general elections.
Party leader Chama Cha Kazi has been in the Middle East since December last year where he is undergoing treatment after suffering third-degree burns to his feet from a hot carpet gadget malfunction.
In the latest photo, Kuria was seen alongside Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe and the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI) and the gubernatorial aspirant Richard Ngatia, all of whom are close allies of President Kenyatta.