Last week’s plea by former Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka urging his Co-CORD Principals Moses Wetangula and Raila Odinga to support his 2017 presidential bid, has brought about fears of a possible break up in the party.
If past political actions are anything to compare to or to go by, where key opposition acquaintances have fallen out just before general elections due to each one’s desire to run for the top spot, then the formidable Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) could be completely annihilated.
Despite an excellent public display of unity by the three principals, the question of who will be the presidential flag bearer remains unanswered because earlier this year, Wetangula also announced his desire to vie for the Presidency. As if not enough, Kalonzo Musyoka admitted that President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee had lured him to join them and ditch CORD.
Kalonzo Musyoka and Raila Odinga have had their differences in the past, in 2007 the battle for the control of ODM-Kenya saw the two leaders part ways with Raila Odinga moving back to the Orange Democratic Movement, leaving Kalonzo Musyoka at ODM-K, on which ticket he ran for the 2007 general elections. Later Kalonzo went on to form the Wiper Democratic Movement after all the members of ODM-K decided to wind it up.
Apparently, ODM supporters have dismissed Kalonzo and Wetangula’s bid for the top job in 2017. Orange Democratic Movement’s Director of political affairs and also Unguja MP Opiyo Wandayi reacted to Kalonzo’s comments by declaring Raila was the Coalition’s automatic presidential candidate for 2017.
Kalonzo Musyoka reminded his co-principals of his previous sacrifices for the top seat in their favour, and that Raila and Wetangula should consider returning the favour in 2017. Mr Wandayi however said “For the clearance of any doubt, Raila will be the automatic CORD presidential candidate in 2017.”