By Andrew Ombuni
The two major political parties in Western region have finally merged into one party with national outlook ahead.
The party will be used by a Luhya presidential candidate in the 2022 polls after the exit of President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Former Kakamega senator Boni Khalwale, who has been part of the team working on the finer details of the merger between Amani National Congress (ANC) and Ford Kenya parties said the Registrar of Political parties has finally registered the new political party.
“The All Kenyan Alliance (AKA) party is the new outfit we are going to use to sell our Presidential candidate to Kenyans. We will be launching it in a month’s time and then embark on a countrywide popularization of the party,” said Dr Khalwale.
Musalia Mudavadi (ANC), Moses Wetang’ula (Ford Kenya) and Governor Wycliffe Oparanya (ODM) have all shown interest for the presidential seat. Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa is also said to be interested in the top seat.
According to Khalwale, they are waiting for Mudavadi and Wetang’ula to settle on an ideal date of launching the party, saying they welcome other leaders across the political divide to join the bandwagon as they (Mulembe nation) prepare to take the presidency.
“I want to assure you that the voters have welcomed the idea of forming one party that will be used by a Luhya presidential candidate in the 2022 elections,” said Khalwale.
He added: “Mudavadi, Wetang’ula, Oparanya and Eugene Wamalwa all want to be president but when that time comes; they’ll agree who will run for the top seat using the party,”
Khalwale said after the launch of the party, they will start seeking alliances with other regions saying, even if Western Kenya voted as a block, it was impossible for their candidate to get the presidency.
The former senator was responding to Devolution CS Mr Wamalwa, who had earlier enquired why it was taking long to have the parties merged.
Mr Wamalwa said he is in support of the new party and if they work as a team, one of them will be able to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2022.
“Let our people know that we will walk together until 2022.We will talk with our brothers (Musalia, Wetang’ula and Oparanya) and settle on one candidate to vie for the presidential seat,” said Wamalwa.
He added: “In 2013, I (Wamalwa) and Kanu chairman Gideon Moi teamed up together and supported Mudavadi presidency and he emerged as number three. Come January next year if the party will have been launched, we will start seeking alliances,”
Navakholo MP Emmanuel Wangwe said time had come for a Luhya to be the fifth President of Kenya and asked luhya leaders in the top seat to agree early on who will fly the presidential flag.
Mr Wangwe said they should name the flag bearer early enough so that they can start popularizing him to Kenyans early; saying vying for a presidential seat is not a walk in the park.
“When the flag bearer is named early, we will be able to marshal resources across the political divide and support our own candidate for the top seat. As Western lawmakers, we are determined form the next government in 2022,” said Wangwe.
Wangwe said Raila Odinga should not vie for presidency in 2022 after landing a lucrative job at the African Union Commission, saying he had reached political menopause.
“We have tried him 1997, 2007, 2013 and 2017 and he has not made it to state house. Even when your wife is not giving birth, you marry another wife and try your luck there. If he vies, he should forfeit Luhya votes,” said Wangwe.
But Mudavadi avoided talking on the 2022 presidential debate but instead talked about push for referendum.
Mudavadi said Kenyans don’t know the issues to be discussed in case the referendum is called and called lawmakers to draft the questions that will be asked.
He said that in case referendum is held, the electoral body, IEBC as currently constituted should not be allowed to preside over the polls, saying it has a history of bungling elections.
“IEBC has no moral authority and integrity to preside over any election as currently constituted. Besides election malpractices, they have also engaged in financial impropriety as pert the Auditor General and we cannot allow them to preside over the referendum,” said Mudavadi.