In Summary
  • Already Amani National Congress, the founder member of the coalition, has said “Nasa is not there anymore.”

  • The statement by ANC Secretary General Barrack Muluka last Friday has not gone down well with other coalition parties.

  • On Sunday, Mr Muluka’s sentiments were followed by calls to have the coalition dissolved.

When the National Super Alliance was unveiled on January 11, 2017, the four coalition principals vowed to ensure it captures power from the Jubilee administration.

The ceremony marked with pomp and colour at the Bomas of Kenya ballroom brought forth a new political outfit which gave hope to millions of its supporters across the country and in the diaspora.

Many believed that the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between opposition bigwigs Raila Odinga (ODM), Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper), Musalia Mudavadi (ANC), Moses Wetang’ula (Ford Kenya) and Kanu Secretary General Nick Salat — before Kanu made a pact with Jubilee — would bind the coalition.

Today, despite the top leaders, Mr Odinga and Mr Musyoka, insisting that the coalition is intact, their lieutenants and other senior coalition members think otherwise.

PEOPLE'S PRESIDENT

Ever since Mr Odinga took an oath as the “People’s President” on January 30, 2018, a ceremony given a wide berth by other Nasa principals, and especially since his March 9 handshake with President Uhuru Kenyatta and the sacking of Mr Wetang’ula as Senate Minority Leader, the coalition’s affairs have not been rosy.

Now the coalition is under threat. Already Amani National Congress (ANC), the founder member of the coalition, has said “Nasa is not there anymore.”

The statement by ANC Secretary General Barrack Muluka last Friday has not gone down well with other coalition parties.

On Sunday, Mr Muluka’s sentiments were followed by calls to have the coalition dissolved. The sentiments, amplified by Sabatia MP Alfred Agoi (Mr Mudavadi’s MP), cast a pall on the coalition.

SHOPPING BASKET

But Mr Kibisu Kabatesi, Mr Mudavadi’s press secretary, appeared to water down calls to dissolve the alliance and said Nasa was born by ANC. “As things stand, Raila left Nasa. He is not using Nasa. Nasa was founded by Mudavadi. We disowned the handshake and therefore we should not cry about whatever Raila is doing now,” said Mr Kabatesi.

He went on: “The party leader (Mudavadi) does not share such sentiments. He is of the opinion that the alliance should stand.”

But former Kakamega senator Boni Khalwale, Mr Wetang’ula’s deputy, insisted that Nasa had become “Mr Odinga’s shopping basket.” He said: “It is true Raila is using Nasa for his benefit and those close to him. It is through Nasa that he (Odinga) got his new ambassadorial post”.

Speaking to the Nation on phone, Mr Khalwale disagreed with calls to dissolve the alliance, saying “we can still chart our own way.”

HANDSHAKE DEAL

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