With only a few months before Kenyans go to the polls, the Opposition unity is facing its biggest hurdle yet, a split seems imminent in the National Super Alliance (NASA), handing victory to President Uhuru Kenyatta on a silver platter.
It has emerged that despite the celebratory mood emanating out of the Opposition camp thanks to a well calculated “all is good” display by the main affiliates of the alliance, Wiper could have already walked out.
The party, on Tuesday, March 14, gave a damaging condition, that either their boss Kalonzo Musyoka is picked as the Opposition flagbearer – or it’ll be the end of Nasa.
“So unless the presidential candidate, the flagbearer, is Kalonzo, I don’t see us moving anywhere,” National Assembly minority leader Francis Nyenze said as published in the Star. It is worth noting that The Kitui West MP is part of Nasa’s powerful steering committee.
The twelve-member panel was put up in early February with the main aim of identifying who between Raila Odinga, Musalia Mudavadi, Kalonzo Musyoka, and Moses Wetangula is best to unseat Jubilee Party’s Uhuru Kenyatta in the upcoming General Election slated for August 8.
Pundits say Nasa, which brings together the main Opposition players, and which was unveiled to the public on January 11 and a unity pact signed on January 31, is the best bet to beat Uhuru. But only if its players stick together until the poll.
But the alliance seems to be collapsing on itself with only five months to the polls.
Unresolved issues in the now-defunct Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD), is what is turning out to be Nasa deal breaker. Wiper, through Nyenze, has publicly said that the 2013 MoU with ODM’s Raila Odinga must be honoured to allow Kalonzo fly the Opposition flag.
According to him, Wiper has a bone to pick with the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), which doesn’t want anything to do with the pre-2013 deal.
The MoU was secretly crafted by Raila’s and Kalonzo’s close allies before the last election. It says Raila will be a one-term President, and would then give his famous “Tosha” proclamation on Kalonzo for 2017.