One Kenya Alliance (OKA) principals issued a statement on Wednesday, January 5, dispelling claims they had been invited for coalition talks by United Democratic Alliance (UDA) and Deputy President William Ruto.
Addressing the press, ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi stated that OKA had not been formally invited to talks by either ODM leader Raila Odinga or DP Ruto as earlier reported by the media.
Mudavadi stated they will deal with the coalition issue when they get the invites from either Azimio La Umoja which is backing Raila Odinga or UDA which is fronting Ruto.
FORD Kenya leader and Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula also denied receiving any invite from UDA and claimed that the media was forming opinions and OKA is yet to announce any coalitions interests.
His sentiments were backed by Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka who also addressed reports that he has been having secret meetings with Raila and told the press they have not spoken since November 2021.
“The last time I spoke to Raila was in November last year. How can you flirt with someone you don’t talk to,” the Wiper leader clarified.
OKA principals also stated that they were growing and attracting key political stakeholders such as the Mount Kenya Unity Forum.
The OKA chiefs also cautioned against any attempt to introduce over-reaching regulatory powers over political parties as Parliament debated the controversial Political Parties (Amendment) Bill.
OKA urged Members of Parliament to exercise sobriety and restraint in the ongoing debate, and urge them to shun any short-term partisan and parochial interests and consider the interests of the Kenyan people first.
“We must all endeavor to put in place an electoral process and system that is fair, just, verifiable and transparent Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC)” the statement by OKA indicated.
MPs allied to Musyoka’s Wiper Party and Gideon Moi’s Kanu are supporting the Bill while Wetangula’s Ford Kenya and Mudavadi’s ANC joined DP Ruto’s allies in opposing the Bill.
MPs supporting the Bill want the timeline of submitting the pre-election agreement shortened from six months to three months.
On the other hand, opponents of the proposed law claim that the Bill is seeking to force those within the OKA to make their political stand as soon as February.