Raila Odinga forced to end his US tour, here’s why

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NASA co-head Raila Odinga. PHOTO: THE STAR

The National Super Alliance (NASA) de facto leader, Raila Odinga, has been forced to end his US tour prematurely.

He is now expected to hop on his plane back to the country on Monday, March 20, earlier than previously scheduled.

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NASA leaders Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Muyoka in Meru on February 27, 2017. PHOTO: TWITTER

The Opposition honcho has reportedly been forced to return back to the country in order to attend to an emergency meeting organised by Nasa.

The meeting, it is said, is scheduled for Tuesday, March 21, and its main agenda is to address the growing tension between the coalition leaders.

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A report by the Daily Nation suggests that Raila, who is head of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), had originally been scheduled to fly back from the US trip later in the week but his team counseled him to urgently change his schedule to attend to the growing political troubles that has threatened to tear apart the alliance.

Apart from Raila, his Opposition colleagues; Musalia Mudavadi, Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetangula will also attend the meeting that will have their aides and close party members locked out.

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“We want to stabilise the situation. Such a session would be important since we have not had a full house meeting since he travelled out. We have the commitment of each one of us that we are in this to the end,” Mudavadi who created the alliance said.

Nasa is facing a growing internal storm thanks to the ongoing process of identify its flagbearer to fight it out with Jubilee Party’s Uhuru Kenyatta in the forthcoming General Election scheduled for August 8.

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Speculation was rife that Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka is planning to bolt out of Nasa and join Jubilee.

It is said that Kalonzo had held a closed door meeting with President Uhuru Kenyatta in Mombasa. The Wiper chief has however dismissed the claims saying he is Nasa to stay.