The recent move by Jubilee and ODM party to form a coalition ahead of the 2022 General Election could likely run into headwinds after it emerged that the planned merger could be facing political and legal hurdles that must be addressed on time.
Amid ongoing talks between Raila’s men and Uhuru’s representatives on the two outfits working together, Kivumbi.co.ke has established that Raila’s outfit is already in another coalition with the National Super Alliance (NASA).
According to Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo Junior, ODM is in NASA coalition, and that a party cannot enter a coalition when it is in another coalition unless it disbands the existing coalition.
“No party can form another coalition until they disband their existing coalition existing agreement,” he said.
Although he said the Wiper party does not intent to block the planned Jubilee-ODM merger, Mutula said Raila’s party must leave NASA for it to enter a pre-election pact with the ruling outfit.
NASA principals which brought together Raila Odinga (ODM), Kalonzo ,Musyoka (Wiper), Musalia Mudavadi (ANC) and Moses Wetang’ula (Ford Kenya) have split over the 2022 presidential elections.
While ODM leader Raila Odinga yet to publicly declare his intentions to vie for the country’s top seat, ANC and Wiper party leaders have vowed not to ever support Raila for the fifth presidential attempt once more.
This is despite the call by Jubilee party leader President Uhuru Kenyatta urging NASA principals to unite again in what appears like Uhuru will endorse one of the principals for the presidency.
The planned merger between Jubilee and ODM has since raised sharp reactions with William Ruto welcoming the merger saying he will beat them two parties together.