Jubilee party plans to bring on board other National Super Alliance (NASA) co-principals ahead of the 2022 General Election. in what could result in one of the biggest coalitions in the recent past.
This is after a section of leaders criticised the planned Jubilee-ODM merger saying the coalition is primitive as it is basically anchored on tribalism.
Jubilee party deputy secretary-general Joshua Kutuny on Tuesday, July 6, said that Jubilee prefers to form a coalition with NASA or else they will withdraw from the whole plan to form an alliance with ODM alone.
“The much talked about merger is not our immediate priority, we want to have a coalition with the entire opposition coalition of NASA, this will add more value with the ruling party rather than having ODM alone, it’s the entire coalition or nothing,” Kutuny said.
The National Super Alliance brings together Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper), Musalia Mudavadi (ANC), Raila Odinga (ODM) and Moses Wetang’ula (Ford Kenya).
Although Kutuny said the ruling party had not refused to join ODM, the Cherengani MP said the Jubilee party plans were to have a coalition that would guarantee them victory.
Even though Raila Odinga said he does not need the support of other leaders to win the election, Kutuny believes that the planned Jubilee merger with ODM alone would not win without the support of other NASA co-principals.
“We want a big alliance that can win the next general elections,” said Kutuny.
Last month, Maendeleo Chap Chap party leader Alfred Mutua strongly criticized the planned ODM-Jubilee merger saying the coalition is primitive as it is basically anchored on tribalism.
“We have seen people say that are uniting their parties. It is okay and not bad. But in our country, we need coalitions that are based on ideological … coalitions that will bring jobs to Kenyans,
“It is not tribal coalitions… you say let us form a coalition with this leader because he is from that tribe…that is primitive thinking…Ideas that were planted by the colonialists,” Mutua said.
This comes at a time Kalonzo Musyoka, Musalia Mudavadi, and Moses Wetang’ula, have vowed to take ODM to court over political parties’ funds as they move to formally dissolve the once most powerful coalition.