One Kenya Alliance (OKA) co-principal Moses Wetangula has reaffirmed that the coalition will present its preferred presidential candidate by the end of January 2022.

Kenyans, Wetangula says, should avoid hearsay from the alliance’s critics who have in recent months labeled OKA leaders as being undecided on which flag bearer to back ahead of the 2022 contest.

Wetangula’s fellow OKA co-principals are Amani National Congress (ANC) party leader Musalia Mudavadi, Wiper’s Kalonzo Musyoka and KANU Chairman Gideon Moi.

According to Wetangula, who is also the Ford Kenya party leader, selecting a flag bearer is a process that requires a lot of thought and deliberation and as such should not be hurried.

“We want to urge Kenyans to forget about the naysayers who think that OKA is moving slowly, good coalitions and good preparations for elections are never hurried. We have promised Kenyans that by the end of January we shall be unveiling our OKA candidate,” he said.

Wetangula, who was addressing a press conference at his Bungoma home on Friday, consequently revealed that Ford Kenya is set to unveil an election board that will be tasked with overseeing the party’s electoral processes come next year.

“We are done with the party’s National Delegates Conference (NDC). We expelled enemies and we are now ready to go,” he stated.

The Ford Kenya boss also chimed in on the state of the Mumias Sugar Company after Ugandan business conglomerate Sarrai Group won the bid to lease its assets in a bid to overturn the fortunes of the struggling miller.

“The company has been the bedrock of the economy of Western Kenya. Its collapse hurt many people and affected our economy immensely,” he said.

“Mumias, Kakamega and Kisumu were all dependent on the activity of Mumias Sugar, so we welcome the new investor coming in and we look forward to the miller boosting our economy again.”

Wetangula further urged President Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration to address the ongoing dispute between Kenya and neighbouring Uganda that has seen the two nations issue trade sanctions on each other.

“We want to urge the country and the government to quickly move and resolve the small issues we see popping up between Uganda and Kenya in trade terms. Uganda is our number one trade partner and we benefit immensely from each other from this trade,” said the OKA co-principal.

By Citizen Digital