The Sacred Alliance of Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka, KANU leader Gideon Moi, Ford-K leader Moses Wetangula and Amani leader Musalia Mudavadi is finding itslef with a lot to prove ahead of the 2022 General Election.
On paper, it should be a very powerful political force given it brings together experience, age, deep pockets as well as perceived strong command of regional politics but critics have more questions than answers as to whether the quadruple can marshal the support needed to form the next government.
Despite celebrating wins in Matungu constituency, Kabuchai constituency and Machakos county, Musalia, Wetangula and Kalonzo have consistently failed to fashion themselves as anything beyond regional leaders.
“Kabuchai (Majimbo Kalasinga), Matungu (Peter Oscar Nabulindo), Machakos (Agnes Kavindu Muthama). The sacred Alliance has hit the ground running. The gatekeepers have spoken loud and clear,” said Wetangula to underline their perceived political might.
Baringo Senator and KANU leader Gideon Moi on the other hand has consistently found it hard to wrestle any substantial Rift Valley voting block from Deputy President William Ruto.
This was underlined by his inability to even marshal MCA’s from his county to pass the BBI bill.
Members of Baringo County assembly later said they failed to pass BBI bill to punish him, underlining just how much the son of Kenya;s longest president has little political influence even in his own county.
His very well financed KANU is known for very poorly attended political rallies even in Rift Valley, begging the question of whether can mount a challenge for the presidency in 2022.
It is the same case with Kalonzo, Wetangula and Mudavadi- they never hold big rallies anywhere outside their home counties.
With stronger opponents like William Ruto who has mastered the art of holding huge political rallies across the country, the Sacred Alliance has no doubt a huge battle to conquer before being considered a serious opposition to anyone seeking the presidency in 2022.
There is also the Raila Odinga factor which the Sacred Alliance has to content with considering the ODM leader also enjoys a cordial relationship with President Uhuru Kenyatta and unlike them, has a national appeal like Ruto.
Kivumbi.co.ke understands that silently, Uhuru considers picking a successor from the sacred alliance but that remains to be seen given the little national appeal the members of the alliance command.
Raila’s ODM party has previously bitterly protested against political machinations by some of Uhuru’s handlers to isolate Raila Odinga from the 2022 succession matrix.
The feeling in Raila’s camp is that he is just being used to ensure the BBI bill which aims to amend the constitution passes then he will be dumped in favour of the sacred alliance.
Kalonzo, Wetangula and Mudavadi’s attempts to push Raila Odinga endorsing and supporting either of them for the 2022 presidential contest fell flat and even had critics brand them political softies who can never stand on their own.
“The calls for endorsement fits with what Kenyans already know of Musalia, Kalonzo and Wetangula. They are cowards. They cannot stand on their on politically and that is why they are forcing Raila Odinga to endorse them. He will not do such a thing. As ODM, we will strongly discourage Odinga from endorsing any of them,” ODM chairman John Mbadi said.
The Sacred Alliance is however yet to declare who among them shall be fronted for the presidency next year.
Only Mudavadi has previously vied for the presidency, managing about 0.5 million votes nationwide.
It is understood the quadruple is banking on the passage of BBI bill which shall introduce several positions in government, including Prime Minister and two deputies.
If passed and the referendum goes through, there shall be enough position for them t share should they overcome all obstacles and form the next government.