The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) has entered into formal union talks with the National Union of Unions (PNU) affiliated with Agricultural Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya ahead of the 2022 elections.
The talks, which began on Thursday, have brought back memories of the coalition central government, led by President Mwai Kibaki and ODM leader Raila Odinga.
The two sides worked together following an agreement reached by former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan following the 2007/08 post-election violence.
On Thursday, officials from both sides held a two-hour meeting at the Serena Hotel in Nairobi, where they announced a new election trip next year.
At the meeting, Mr Odinga’s party was represented by General Secretary Edwin Sifuna, President John Mbadi and Chief Electoral Officer Junet Mohammed, while PNU was accompanied by its General Secretary John Anunda, President David Kamau and Director of Elections Abdikadir Sheikh.
Coalition talks 2022
The PNU is now becoming the second party after President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee Party to negotiate a 2022 coalition agreement with ODM.
“Earlier we told you that we had received instructions from the party leader that we are hiring Jubilee. We now have instructions to engage the PNU to formalize the relationship between the two political parties, “Sifuna said.
His PNU counterpart, Anunda, said the two sides had previously worked together during the 2008 Grand Union government, which he called “the best governance in Kenya’s history”.
Ways to work
“It is through the ODM-PNU work agreement that people benefit from the Thika Highway and other infrastructure development in the country, as well as free basic education and Vision 2030 programs,” added Mr Anunda.
The ODM-PNU talks began even when it emerged that some Jubilee members did not support the plan.
Voice Jubilee MP Maina Kamanda says there may be a secret plot with some Jubilee members blocking coalition plans with ODM.
It comes just two weeks after President Kenyatta welcomed his Jubilee MPs to the White House in Nairobi, where some are said to have urged the party’s revival before making a coalition agreement in 2022.