COTU Secretary General Francis Atwoli has now told Kenyans to expect some OKA chiefs to soon join Deputy President William Ruto’s camp.
He has been against the coalition and is among the prominent Kenyans who believe that it’s five co-principals do not stand any chance in the top race.
The trade unionist now claims that some are there but silently with Ruto, after which they will soon move out to join him ahead of the awaited presidential poll.
But he has predicted doom for their plan, saying that they lack the influence and will as a result not be delivering anything to the DP’s vote basket.
“Nobody is listening to them. Nobody wants to be associated with beggars or breakups,” Atwoli, a supporter of ODM leader Raila Odinga, also a 2022 presidential hopeful, said in Kisumu County on Friday.
He identified ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi as among those not really interested in vying but harbouring other plans, wondering why else the former Vice President would be busy attacking President Uhuru Kenyatta who is not his opponent.
“Why are they challenging President Kenyatta? He does not want to be re-elected. Why are you wasting time on him instead of announcing your presidential bid and competing with Raila and Ruto?” he posed.
He holds that the fact that the race is between Raila and Ruto further dims the chances of any of the OKA leaders succeeding President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Atwoli said that he expected Mudavadi and the likes to work to catch up with Raila and Ruto and is finding it funny that instead, he is waiting for Uhuru and Raila to make mistakes so that he can bash them.
Mudavadi has, however, said that he is in the race for the presidency to the very end. KANU leader Gideon Moi, Moses Wetangula (Ford Kenya) and Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper) have also declared interest.
Only UDP leader Cyrus Jirongo, the latest entrant into the team, seems not interested in the seat.