Mombasa governor Hassan Joho has been accused of creating a rift in the CORD coalition by insisting that ODM party leader Raila Odinga should be made the coalition’s presidential candidate for 2017.
Joho who is the Orange party deputy leader on Sunday November 27 said that since Raila has the largest support base than his other two co-principals in CORD, Wiper party’s Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetangula of Ford-Kenya, he should be made the coalition’s flag bearer.
“Who among the CORD principals has the most supporters if not Raila Odinga? Politics is about numbers and nobody has the numbers more than Raila. If we want to beat Uhuru, then we must give Raila the chance,” Joho said in Homabay during the memorial of late senator Otieno Kajwang.
But the governor’s utterances have not been received well by both Kalonzo and Wetangula’s camps which also feel the two leaders must be also be given an opportunity to lead Kenya.
Makueni senator Mutula Kilonzo Junior who is allied to the Wiper party furiously condemned Joho’s utterances saying they are likely to divide the CORD coalition, the Nation reports.
“These miscalculated statements are causing the coalition to appear like a limping duck. With this, the coalition will soon face its sunset years,” he is quoted by Nation.
He said a 15-member committee tasked with choosing who among the three CORD leaders is suitable to compete with President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2017 should be allowed to do its work without interference.