2022 politics

OKA chiefs refute claims of split, vow to produce Uhuru's successor

OKA principals said they will stick together and ensure one of them becomes president.

In Summary

•Musalia Mudavadi, Kalonzo Musyoka, Moses Wetangula and Cyrus Jirongo said the country can only get correct leadership if the public participate in the electioneering process.

•They spoke on Monday at various stopovers in Makueni Country. KANU party leader Gideon Moi was represented by the party’s Executive Director George Wainaina. 

OKA principals during their campaigns in Makueni County on Monday/ GEORGE OWITI
OKA principals during their campaigns in Makueni County on Monday/ GEORGE OWITI

One Kenya Alliance principals have urged Kenyans to register as voters in order to participate in next year’s general elections.

Musalia Mudavadi, Kalonzo Musyoka, Moses Wetangula and Cyrus Jirongo said the country can only get correct leadership if the public participate in the electioneering process.

They spoke on Monday at various stopovers in Makueni Country. KANU party leader Gideon Moi was represented by the party’s Executive Director George Wainaina. 

Mudavadi said voter apathy has been responsible for bad leadership and called on the thousands of youths without ID cards to register for the same and take up the voter’s card.

"There are millions of uncollected ID cards at chiefs’ offices. I call upon the many people who have not collected the same to do so and ensure they register as voters. That is the only way we can elect the leadership we deserve," he said.

The OKA chiefs were campaigning for the Wiper Party candidate Eshio Mwaiwa for the October 4 Nguu/Masumba ward by-election.

The seat fell vacant following the death of Harris Ngui in a road accident at Salama along the Mombasa Nairobi highway.

Mudavadi urged Kenyans to be weary of leaders and politicians promoting and playing politics of handouts at the expense of providing practical solutions affecting the country.

At the same time, the principals said they will stick together and ensure one of them becomes President Uhuru Kenyatta's successor.

The leaders said they stand for a united and a prosperous country, devoid of tribalism and hatred.

While indirectly hitting at ODM leader Raila Odinga’s campaign promise of offering unemployed youths a stipend of Sh6000 per month, Mudavadi said the country needs truthful leaders even with their promises.

"Our economy is doing bad and we need practical solutions to resuscitate it not lies meant to woo the youth. The country pockets are empty and let no one lie to you that there is money to be handed out. We need practical solutions of providing decent jobs and not handouts and wheelbarrows,” he said.

The leaders took a swipe at Deputy President William Ruto accusing him of propagating tribal politics and promoting ethnicity. They accused him of sowing seeds of hatred among Kenyans and being selfish with leadership positions.

"During the first term of the Jubilee administration, Ruto shared the Cabinet with President Uhuru 50-50. While Uhuru filled his slots from across the country, his deputy filled the positions with his cronies and people from his community, is this the president we want?, " Jirongo.

Jirongo said the OKA leadership is committed to growing the economy and sealing all graft holes.