- Ruaraka MP Tom Kajwang’ downplayed their colleagues' move, saying it is a protest by disgruntled people that they will defeat in the by-election.
The Embakasi South by-election has brought out the division in Nasa, with the affiliate parties ganging up against the Orange Democratic Movement, accusing its leadership of arrogance and lack of a team spirit.
Ford Kenya, led by Moses Wetangula, and some Jubilee MPs, are supporting Wiper candidate Julius Mawathe. Mr Musalia Mudavadi’s Amani National Congress is not fielding a candidate.
The Nasa affiliate parties have accused ODM of verbosity and arrogance and failing to compromise in the spirit of the "handshake" and leave the seat for the Wiper party.
“It is the insolent comments by a section of ODM leaders that have made us gang up against it,” said Ford Kenya Secretary-General Eseli Simiyu.
Mr Simiyu, who is also the Tongaren MP, said ODM leaders should moderate their statements and use friendly language when addressing their partners in the coalition.
However, Ruaraka MP Tom Kajwang’ downplayed their colleagues' move, saying it is a protest by disgruntled people that they will defeat in the by-election.