Kitui County, March 19, 2018
Three NASA principals converged in Kitui West today in a show of unity amidst talk of disagreements following ODM leader Raila’s handshake with President Uhuru Kenyatta 11 days ago.
Wiper Democratic Movement leader Kalonzo Musyoka, Amani National Congress boss Musalia Mudavadi and their Ford Kenya counterpart Moses Wetang’ula reassured NASA supporters that the Alliance would not disintegrate.
ODM leader Raila Odinga, who was also the 2017 NASA presidential candidate, was expected to join the three but bad weather forced him to cancel his flight to Kitui according to Kalonzo.
Campaigning for Mrs. Edith Nyenze, the Wiper candidate in the by-election at Kathivo Market, Kalonzo assured the crowd that NASA would hold up despite the hiccups that were occasioned by Raila’s move to engage in dialogue with the President.
The three principals reiterated that they were not against national dialogue.
“We as NASA are not against dialogue, but dialogue does not mean dissolving NASA,” said Mudavadi. “Opposition in any country must be part of national dialogue, but it would be wrong to suffocate NASA as we engage in that dialogue.”
Wetangula told the crowd that in fact, it was Kalonzo’s idea on arrival from Germany that dialogue must be given a chance for Kenya to get out of the political impasse wrought by the 2017 General Election.
“Dialogue is not an act of cowardice,” he said, adding that the 2010 Constitution would be amended to foster national unity in Kenya.
On NASA unity, Wetangula said the fact that ODM, ANC, Ford Kenya had not presented any candidates in the Kitui West by-election, meant that NASA was united.
Kitui Senator Enoch Wambua described NASA as a “coalition of the willing” and told those who were uncomfortable with the Alliance to exit without rocking the boat from within.
Leader after leader reiterated on the importance of dialogue, particularly on issues pertaining to electoral justice, respect for the rule of law and the Judiciary, police reforms, trengthening devolution, as well as mitigating against the high cost of living among Kenyans.
Kalonzo particularly pointed out at that election theft must be dealt with once and for all, saying that every effort must be made to ensure that no one steals votes in 2022. “Had our votes not been stolen, at this moment, I would be Deputy President, Mudavadi should be Prime Minister and Wetangula Deputy Prime Minister,” Kalonzo said.
Commenting on the fate of Wetangula in the Senate, Kalonzo said Wetangula is the glue that holds NASA in Parliament and rubbished plans to disinherit him of his position of Minority Leader of the Senate. He said he and his co-principals had been assured by Raila that Wetangula would not be removed from his position.
Those who accompanied the three principals included Makueni Governor Prof. Kivutha Kibwana, MPs Gideon Mulyungi (Mwingi Central), Ben Momanyi (Borabu), Chris Wamalwa (Kiminini), as well as several MCAs.
Momanyi said NASA belonged to “all of us” and challenged those who were “wavering” to leave NASA.
Wamalwa said NASA MPs would continue to perform their oversight roles to keep Jubilee in check. “Even as dialogue continues, Jubilee must be checked to ensure that it is accountable to wananchi,” he said.
Later, at Kakumuti Market, Mudavadi told Kambas that it is not easy to bring up a national leader of Kalonzo’s stature. “If someone thinks he can deminish Kalonzo and replace him with someone else of Kalonzo’s stature, that person is cheating you.”