ODM Party has explained its reason for entering into coalition talks with President Uhuru’s Jubilee ahead of the 2022 General Election.
Speaking in an Interview with Citizen TV on June 22, ODM Secretary General Edwin Sifuna said the party was sure about its steps, and entering into a coalition does not weaken them.
“People want to cry our tears. If indeed we are making a mistake getting into an arrangement that is not beneficial for us, then it is our funeral. I do not understand why people are mourning louder than the bereaved,” he stated.
According to Sifuna, ODM undertook an analysis of its past and future. From the analysis, they established that the party stands to benefit through a coalition with Jubilee than the existing coalition with ANC, FORD Kenya and Wiper.
“The first task I took after being appointed the SG was to put together a taskforce that spoke to our supporters at grassroots level. And they were very categorical that ODM supporters had been traumatized, in the CORD (Coalition for Reforms and Democracy) and NASA (National Super Alliance) coalition and they don not want go through that experience again,” Edwin Sifuna explained.
And from this experience, ODM decided to go for a bigger party in its next political marriage.
Sifuna also put it clear that the agreement is going to be between the Jubilee Party and ODM, and no other spectators will be allowed in.
This statement was meant to be a warning to Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka, who had welcomed the Jubilee-ODM union.
In his explanation, Sifuna argued that the new coalition will only have two principals; Raila Odinga and Uhuru Kenyatta.
If Sifuna’s sentiments are applied, Kalonzo Musyoka, who had a coalition agreement with Jubilee, will be locked out.
Both Parties have gone full-throttle on the coalition talks, declaring that they will settle on one candidate for the 2022 presidential race.