G7 leaders Kalonzo Musyoka, William Ruto and Eugene Wamalwa held a strategy meeting in Kampala on Saturday night. The three and a group of MPs allied to them trooped back to the Sheraton Hotel after the Harambee Stars match to deliberate on their unity. They took advantage of the Stars versus Uganda Cranes match to meet away from home in the wake of media reports depicting their disunity.
Kalonzo sponsored more than 10 buses to ferry Kenyan fans to Kampala while Ruto had sponsored three. But as Prime Minister Raila Odinga rushed to Entebbe Airport en route to Norway, his rivals retreated to their hotel room to strategise on how to defeat him in next years general election. MPs present were Johnstone Muthama, Victor Munyaka, David Langat and a group of their supporters who had travelled to Kampala.
According to one of those who attended the meeting, Kalonzo and Ruto reaffirmed their commitment to the G7 Alliance. They particularly stressed on the need to hold public rallies together to assure their supporters that they still working together. “Of course, there have been doubts from within and without, but tonight the leaders have vehemently vowed to work together,” the source added.
The G7, according to insiders, is planning countrywide rallies to popularise their alliance, but at the same time the leaders will hold individual rallies for their parties. They are also said to have resolved to lobby for support both in the country and abroad by talking to world leaders and Kenyans in the diaspora.
After the meeting, the leaders who appeared jovial, emerged from their hotel and drove straight in a convoy to attend a dinner hosted by the Kenyan Embassy for the Stars. Yesterday, Kalonzo sent a message to Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni whom he met before attending Ugandan Independence Day celebrations in the Northern town of Lira.
The Uganda President is said to be comfortable working with the group and has in the past met the leaders separately. “We told him to assure Museveni that our alliance is formidable and is determined to win next year’s election,” another source who was at the meeting said. Today (Monday) Kalonzo will hold a public lecture at the Makerere University about the benefits of a strong political federation for East Africa.
During the dinner Kalonzo hosted for the Stars team on Saturday night, he pledged to give them Sh500,000. He also promised to reward goalkeeper Arnold Origi an unspecified reward for his excellent display that ensured the Stars did not concede any goals.