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Cracks hit Nasa as Wiper MPs allege bullying

Fresh cracks are seemingly emerging in the National Super Alliance (Nasa) as some of the coalition partners allege bullying.

Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) is now being accused of bulldozing other partners  over Opposition affairs.

In a new turn of events, Wiper Democratic Movement elected leaders last week converged in Athi River to deliberate on re-energising and rebranding their candidate Kalonzo Musyoka for 2022 presidency.

Led by Makueni Governor Prof Kivutha Kibwana, the elected leaders moved to set the record straight saying they are restrategising for 2022 should the outcome of October 26 fresh election stand.

“We are preparing our brand Kalonzo Musyoka for Presidency for 2022 as per the agreement of Nasa, because we want to safeguard our space in that alliance and five years is a short time. One of our key agendas in the retreat is to plan on strengthening the party because we have a big dream for 2022,” said Kibwana.

A senior Wiper official and an elected member told People Daily on condition of anonymity that they were afraid that the Nasa agreement might not been honoured like the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (Cord) pact, in which Kalonzo was meant to be the presidential flag bearer  in this year’s poll.

The alliance comprises Amani National Congress (ANC) under Musalia Mudavadi, Moses Wetangula’s Ford Kenya, Kalonzo-led Wiper Democratic Movement and ODM under Raila.

Nasa’s agreement deposited in the office of registrar of political party’s stated that Raila will only be a one-term president to pave way for his running mate Kalonzo who was also his running mate in the 2013 poll.

Honouring deal

“The formation of National Resistance Movement was at first tailored to axe Kalonzo because someone would say NRM is a different political outfit,” claimed the Wiper official.

In the build-up to the August 8 General Election, some politicians allied to Kalonzo accused Raila of failing to honour the 2013 Cord agreement where the Wiper leader would fly the presidential flag, but an argument of a change of outfit cropped up. The discontent in the party saw some of the Wiper MPs decamp to other parties after expressing concerns over the manner in which operations were being run.

Kalonzo has not been in the recent Nasa meetings but Raila has affirmed that he is fully part of the alliance and that he supports its decision, despite being abroad.

The official further linked ODM followers to the recent attack of journalists during a press briefing in Wiper party headquarters.

“Attacking of a Citizen TV journalist by goons within Wiper party premise was a political move to brand us negatively,” the official claimed.

Further, the official argued that there has been zero consultations in Nasa and ODM has been sidelining alliance partners in decision making. “They have reduced Nasa to an ODM party affair”.

In the official statement by Prof  Kibwana, the parliamentary group members condemned the attack, “Wiper is party known for good relations with the media and we strongly dissociate ourselves with the attack,” he said.

He urged Kenyans to give candidates ample time to write their exams in peaceful environment. “Apart from wishing the students success it is important as a country to give our students time to sit their exams,” said the governor.

Nasa announced that from Monday next week, country wide protests would resume, Wiper and ODM are not reading from similar script on this matter. “If we go to protests and our children fail, we will be held accountable as Nasa and as a party we have sought to distance ourselves on the same,” revealed the source.

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