End of NASA? Flagbearer talks collapse

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Musalia Mudavadi
NASA leaders pose for a photo. COURTESY: THE STAR

The Opposition alliance – NASA – has suffered yet another blow following reports that it’s unable to agree on the most suitable candidate to face off with Jubilee’s Uhuru Kenyatta in the forthcoming General Election slated for August 8.

People privy to the negotiations have revealed that the twelve-member technical committee that was formed to help pick the most suitable candidate for the alliance, is struggling to break through certain criteria, affiliate parties are maintaining firm stances on certain issues leading to a deadlock.

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NASA leaders Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Muyoka in Meru on February 27, 2017. The latter is reportedly taking hard-line stance. PHOTO: TWITTER

According to a report by a local daily, a Wiper coalition leader particularly, had taken a hard stance on most resolutions arrived at by the committee, consequently bringing proceedings to a halt.

“The situation is getting desperate as we are constantly distracted by one MP from Eastern Province who has maintained a hard-line stance. We cannot agree on anything,” the Nation quoted a member of the committee.

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Since the team has not made any headway, a retreat that was planned for this coming weekend will no longer take place.

It is said that one of the points of contention and which is already known to the public is the issue of joint nominations. Different parties that make Nasa have different views on the issue.

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Wiper Party, Ford Kenya and Amani National Congress are all against joint nominations, they feel it prepares ground for unfair competition in some opposition strongholds.

Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka also has issues with the recent polls which he says are seeking to give some specific candidates a boost.