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Things are getting worse at the newly formed One Kenya Alliance as the bigwigs are alleged to have not reached an agreement on how to pick 2022 presidential line-up even as the alliance fights off the claims of being a ‘deep-state’ project.

The new alliance of Gideon Moi (Kanu), Musalia Mudavadi (ANC), Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper) and Moses Wetang’ula of Ford Kenya could disintegrate over flagbearer disputes.

The four say they are out to breathe fresh air and detoxify the country’s politics. Critics say their overriding problem is identifying a presidential candidate.

All the four have declared they will run for President in 2022, raising the stakes for the ticket as they try to craft a formidable lineup that will take them to State House and the big factors in their negotiations will be how many votes each will bring the table and how popular each man would be nationally.

Should the principals go their separate ways, they are likely to suffer defeat at the ballot that would set back their political careers.

Musalia and Wetang’ula have pledged to stick together to consolidate their Luyha vote bloc and buttress their bid for a clean sweep in their backyards they are boasting of more than 2.8 million voters in Western Kenya, going by the 2017 register of voters

Kalonzo’s three Ukambani counties have nearly 1.7 registered voters. according to the 2017 IEBC register.

Baringo county senator who is still riding on his father’s legacy, especially among elderly voters, Gideon Moi’s bid for the alliance presidential ticket seems to be complicated by the fact vote-rich Rift Valley is locked by Deputy President William Ruto, who also will be on the ballot.

On Monday, told the Star the One Kenya Alliance’s unity will be tested by the process of choosing a flagbearer and whether they can set aside personal ambitions.
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A section of western kenya leaders have been heard saying that the timing of the nominations and the ultimate choice will determine if the alliance will stay afloat until the next general election.

“They will have to choose carefully depending on what each of them brings to the table. If they start chest-thumping and scaremongering, they may not stand the test of time,” said Eseli Simiyu ,Tongaren MP.

Adding that the nomination process will be the moment of reckoning for the alliance that will determine whether it will hold or not

Political analyst Dismas Mokua said the alliance could be forced to stick together for fear of being vanquished by their rivals should they be rocked by any power struggles.

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