Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Wetangula of the One Kenya Alliance (OKA) have denied being called to coalition discussions by the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) and Deputy President William Ruto.
Speaking to journalists in Nairobi on Wednesday, Mudavadi stated that contrary to media reports, neither DP Ruto nor his camp has reached him.
“I have been more in the media lately for what I have not said rather than what I have said. As far as I am concerned I am free to meet anyone and if I meet that person I will not shy away from telling Kenyans,” Mudavadi said.
“The freedom of association should not become a political ventilator for the people of Kenya. When I meet anybody I will tell you but no formal invitation has come to me yet from Ruto. If it comes I shall deal with it then.”
Moses Wetangula, the FORD Kenya leader and Bungoma Senator, likewise denied receiving an invitation from the UDA, claiming that the media was developing opinions and OKA had not yet announced any coalition interests.
The duo further refuted rumours from rival politicians who previously claimed that OKA's primary motivation for running for president in August was to provoke a run-off.
“I want to urge the media not to engage in shaping opinions that it is a two-horse race and that OKA is coming in to force a runoff. There is nobody in their right frame of mind that will join a race to precipitate a situation. We have only joined the race to win and that is what it should be,” said Wetangula.
OKA is competing against Deputy President William Ruto’s United Democratic Alliance (UDA) and the former Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s Azimio La Umoja.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.