The Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) is bound to see more cracks as one of its three principals, Moses Wetangula, insists that he is the most suitable candidate to contest against Jubilee coalition in the coming 2017 election.
Wetangula, while addressing the audience in a political campaign held in Budalangi constituency on Sunday, April 10, hinted that he is the only person that can win Jubilee. He then urged his other interested colleagues Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka to give him full support and back out of the race.
The Ford-Kenya leader added that Raila has pushed for the post enough in the the last couple of years and it’s now time he turns into a father-figure whose focus should be advising the rest of the CORD members rather than joining the presidential race.
Wetangula also asked Kalonzo to be his running mate as Raila becomes his advisor.
According to Wetangula:
“Na mimi nikitangulia, tufuatane na ndugu yangu Kalonzo, Raila awe hapo as a father figure, ee, as a father figure, akisema sasa mimi nimefanya yangu, nimefika kikomo, sasa mimi ni kuguide nyinyi vijana twende mbele (I want to lead, followed by my brother Kalonzo and Raila as a father-figure, ee, as a father-figure saying ‘I have done my part, I have reached the end, now mine is to guide you youths so that we move forward).”
Wetangula maintained that their coalition can only win in the next election if they desists from division, explaining that CORD has come too far to break up due to power thirst, just before the general election.
This is coming a day after Wiper party members threatened to separate from CORD if Kalonzo Musyoka, the party leader, is not allowed to join the race in the next year’s election. The coalition leaders had alleged that there was a pre-election MoU (memorandum of understanding) signed between Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka.
On the other hand, supporters of Kalonzo allege that he was treated unfairly by former President Kibaki, who reneged on an irrevocable commitment to rally Central Kenya to support his 2013 Presidential bid.
The party which he leads, and which an affiliate of CORD, has said it would break out of CORD if its principal is not granted the party’s ticket.
Meanwhile, the leaders said that there was a memorandum of understanding signed in 2013 which stated that Raila would drop his presidential ambitions had he won the 2013 general election.
The MOU provided that Cord leader, Raila, before 2013 elections assured that he will be a one-term president, and then support Kalonzo in the next election (2017) and Ford Kenya’s Moses Wetang’ula to complete the web in 2022. Which means that Wiper based on the MOU Kalonzo is the rightful candidate of the opposition party to vie in 2017.
But ODM party, led by Raila, has dismissed the report, saying that there was no such agreement, since Raila did not win the election as planned. Raila’s ODM said that the opposition party will put forward the most famous of the three as its candidates – which invariably, is Raila.
Raila didn’t come for Wetangula’s presidential bid launch in Kakamega for two weeks – an event which was disrupted by trouble. ODM later revealed why Raila had missed the launch, saying that they got information it would be chaotic. The leader, however, met Wetangula upon arrival from a holiday in Tanzania and apologized, terminating their perceived differences.
With the CORD affiliate parties each striving to throw up a candidate that will represent the Coalition, it is most probable that the coalition will break prior to the 2017 general election.