Kenya’s newest political alliance hits a rough patch

By Jeff Otieno

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Posted on December 9, 2021 21:44

Once touted as the country’s ‘third political force’, the One Kenya Alliance (OKA) is currently going through a rough patch amid deep-seated mistrust among its members. Will the centre hold, or is this just another overrated coalition destined to end in the political dustbin?

On 25 March, opposition politicians Kalonzo Musyoka, Musalia Mudavadi, Moses Wetangula and Gideon Moi held a press conference to announce that they were bringing their four mid-sized political parties together.

Days earlier, the first three parties had abandoned the moribund National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition after falling out with the leader of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party, Raila Odinga, who is also in the race for the presidency.

The coalition is not dead yet, but it is in ICU (intensive care unit). The principals are not capable of mounting a major political challenge.

“This alliance is a breath of fresh air from the toxic and divisive politics in this country as witnessed in the recent past,” Wetangula, the leader of the Forum for Restoration of Democracy- Kenya (FORD Kenya) said at the time.

Mudavadi, the leader of the Amani National Congress (ANC) party,

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