ODM, Jubilee in Talks for a Possible 2022 Coalition

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Suna East member of parliament Junet Mohamed, a close ally of former prime minister Raila Odinga, has hinted at an alliance between the ruling Jubilee Party and Opposition outfit Orange Democratic Movement.

From left: Raphael Tuju, Edwin Sifuna, David Murathe and Junet Mohamed at a Nairobi hotel. Photo: Courtesy

Speaking on Thursday, June 17, the National Assembly minority whip said ‘big things’ were about to happen ahead of the 2022 General Election. “We met with the Jubilee leadership for lunch to take stock of how we are cooperating. We were discussing bigger issues. Big things are about to happen and we want to make our relationship better,” Junet said.

A local daily reported that ODM and Jubilee opened the pre-election talks at a Nairobi hotel with a view to settling on one presidential candidate to face off with Deputy President William Ruto. In attendance were Junet, Jubilee secretary-general Raphael Tuju, Jubilee vice-chairman David Murathe, Deputy Majority-Whip Maoka Maore and Orange Democratic Movement secretary-general Edwin Sifuna.

Jubilee deputy Majority whip Maoka Maore, Suna east Mp Junet Muhammed, Jubilee Vice Chair David Murathe, Odm Sec. Gen. Edwin Sifuna and Jubilee Sec. Gen Raphael Tuju at a Nairobi hotel on June 17 2021 Photo:Courtesy

Tuju said the meeting was one of the many that would be held by the two largest parties in parliament as they seek to formalise the handshake and turn it into a political vehicle that they hope will propel them to power. “This is just one of the many meetings we have had and are working on ways of formalising the handshake into a broad-based coalition for the sake of 2022,” Tuju stated.

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According to local newspapers, Uhuru declared that he will pick his 2022 successor from among the NASA principals if they unite and agree on a single candidate. For the first time, Uhuru challenged the NASA principals to unite to enhance their chances of forming the next government after his second and last term comes to an end in 2022.

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