Third party political alternatives versus reality of tribal alignments
President Uhuru Kenyatta (right) and his Deputy William Ruto during formation of Jubilee Party on September 10, 2016 at Safaricom Stadium Kasarani.
While the governing Jubilee Alliance put on a show of might to signal the merger of some dozen affiliates into a single political party, the opposition Cord tried to steal some of the thunder by staging its own fiesta in Mombasa.
This might have forced some other outfits scrambling to present themselves as the alternatives to the Jubilee-Cord juggernauts to wonder whether they will get their heads above the water.
President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto, previously representing TNA and URP, are now set to defend their seats on the ticket of the newly-minted Jubilee Party.
Opposition leader Raila Odinga of ODM is claiming his entitlement for another stab at the presidency at the head of the Cord ticket, but his 2013 running-mate Kalonzo Musyoka of Wiper Party, and co-principal Moses Wetangâ€™ula, the Ford Kenya boss, insist it is their turn to have a go at the presidency.
Meanwhile, as the political party scene seems to be evolving into a two-horse race between the Jubilee duo and whichever pair gets the Cord nomination, a number of other aspirants are trying to earn recognition as the best alternatives to the dominant duopoly.
The most recognisable is former Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi on the Amani National Congress (ANC) ticket, who emerged a distant third last time behind Mr Kenyatta and Mr Odinga, but still fancies himself the best third party option.