Following the announcement of the resurgent alliance between ODM and ANC, the Jubilee Party hierarchy is trying to stop Gideon Moi from joining the National Super Alliance.
BuzzKenya has learned that President Uhuru Kenyatta personally called Kanu leader Gideon Moi to urge him not to join the alliance.
The President was said to have pleaded with the former ruling party’s leader to back his re-election bid, citing the long-standing relationship between the Kenyatta and Moi families.
The Baringo senator had been offered a deal by Mudavadi to join the alliance where they are proposing to have two Deputy Presidents in a new government. Gideon Moi was offered the seat.
Uhuru in his phone call assured Moi that interests of his and his family were going to be taken care of in the Jubilee administration.
The president’s appeal may go a long way to convince Moi, who already indicated last week that the existing deal with Jubilee would be honored.
Moi said that Kanu would stand by the agreement it signed in 2013 and would not join another alliance ahead of the 2017 elections.
”Kanu respects its obligations and until the expiry of the agreement, we are not in a hurry to get into another political agreement. As far as I am concerned, Kanu will honor the existing pact for now,” Moi said.
Kanu secretary general Nick Salat, however, confirmed that Kanu was in talks with opposition leaders Odinga, Mudavadi and Musyoka.
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He said the leaders were trying to put in place an inclusive government to unite the country but are still tackling pertinent issues.
Joseph Kimkung, Moi’s aide, also confirmed that the senator was open to ideas of being First Deputy President although the offer had not been formally made.
”When it is presented to us formally, we will respond. Our party leader has made it clear he is willing to engage with progressive forces in a structured manner,” Kimkung said.