Supper Alliance on the buildup as Uhuru and Raila team up ahead of the 2022 elections.
Key political parties in the country and their leaders are working on a rare unity pact, which, according to analysts, may form the basis for President Kenyatta’s succession politics. The unity pact is a positive sign of the expected national referendum to change the constitution.
President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee Party, Raila Odinga’s Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), Kalonzo Musyoka’s Wiper Democratic Movement, Musalia Mudavadi’s Amani National Congress, Moses Wetang’ula’s Ford-Kenya, and Gideon Moi’s Kanu are all pledging support for the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI), which many of them consider the vehicle to the referendum.
Unifying these key political parties may start a wave which could ultimately give rise to a president in 2022. A pinch of what the referendum could read is the need to expand the executive to be inclusive of the seat of a prime minister and two deputies.
It is reported that six parties inclusive of Jubilee and ODM plan to use their massive following to gain support for the referendum anticipated for early next year. Secretaries of the Building Bridges Initiative team briefed the President and Mr Odinga about the report from various stakeholders in the country which the team is to hand over next month.
These two political figures will then ask Kenyans to endorse the BBI report. “The BBI-backed referendum will be a product of public participation through which Kenyans have given their input on how they want to be ruled.” Stated Mr Odinga.
Sources close to the president and the ODM leader reported that. “The plan by the two was to have all political players and leaders join hands and back the referendum so that Kenyans could have constitutional change via consensus, but the reality is that Deputy President William Ruto’s allies have shown lukewarm support for the BBI and could lead the opposition to it.”
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