President Uhuru Kenyatta is very unlikely to endorse any of the One Kenya Alliance (OKA) principals as his preferred successor, it now emerges.
The alliance brings together ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi, Moses Wetangula (Ford Kenya) and Kalonzo Musyoka of Wiper, all of whom have declared interest in the seat, as well as KANU leader and Baringo Senator Gideon Moi.
And while Uhuru was initially seen as the man behind the formation of the team, from where he would pick a candidate, details indicate that his political intelligence team has told him that none of the four are fit.
The Star reports that Uhuru has been made aware that none of the four, even with his support and that of ODM leader Raila Odinga, can beat Deputy President William Ruto, and that as a result, there are no plans to endorse any of them in the much awaited polls.
The handshake team (Uhuru and Raila) is now said to be working on a multi-prong strategy, which includes not including Raila in the ballot in a bid to reattract the Mt Kenya region which has decamped to the DP's side.
These details are a confirmation to recent observations from political analyst Herman Manyora, who had said that Uhuru doesn't plan to endorse the OKA but is only keeping its members close to prevent them from joining Ruto.
"They didn’t need to know it, but at least one of them—Baringo Senator Gideon Moi—is aware it is a holding ground," he says in an article in The Star.
For the university don and popular political commentator, even during the formation, there were no plans to draw a candidate from the team.
"One Kenya Alliance is a holding ground. It is neither a political formation nor a political party and doesn't intend to produce a presidential candidate," he says.
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