By Mwaniki Munuhe
The moves come in the wake of his party’s strong showing in parliamentary and civic by-elections last week.
The Standard On Sunday has obtained details of a plan drawn by a group of politicians in parties that have defied the Deputy PM. The team also includes a senior officer at the Office of the President who has been associated with Deputy PM Musalia Mudavadi’s United Democratic Forum party. The main focus of the plan is to craft a formal alliance within the G7 that isolates Uhuru and his party, The National Alliance. This will shake plans to create the Alliance National Coalition, an umbrella body meant to unite G7 presidential aspirants.
Sources familiar with the goings-on say several influential players are unhappy with Uhuru’s alleged “defiance”. They fear he may be emboldened by his recent successes to reject a G7 unity pact where he is not the presidential candidate. Worse for them, he may bolt into the arms of his strongest rival, ODM leader Raila Odinga, who is also floating the idea of “working together”.
“The truth is there is general mistrust among all these parties,” said our source. “The most important issue for them now is TNA, because Uhuru has refused to work with other parties as earlier agreed. So the idea is to isolate him and form an alliance with other parties.”
It is understood the group drawing the strategy met on Tuesday and came up with at least four possible options of forming what would be a third force in the run-up to the General Election.
The first option considers Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka as the presidential candidate, with Mudavadi as his running mate, and Eldoret North MP and United Republican Party Presidential candidate William Ruto, as the leader of majority in Parliament.
The second option has Kalonzo still as the presidential candidate, Ruto as Deputy President, and Energy Minister Kiraitu Murungi as Leader of Majority in Parliament.
The third option would have Mudavadi as the flag bearer, Kalonzo as his running mate, and Kiraitu as Leader of the Majority in Parliament. It is also understood that the name of former Cabinet minister Mutahi Kagwe, who is a confidant of Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi was being touted as a possible running mate to Mudavadi.
It was not immediately clear why Ruto has been left out in the third option and Mudavadi out of the second option. Sources close to the goings-on said this is expected to deal with a situation where Ruto may decline to play ball.
The prominence of Kalonzo in the options is informed by fear that Mudavadi may not deliver the Western vote as a block if he is not the presidential candidate.