The stalemate in naming the National Super Alliance (Nasa) presidential flag bearer could end on Thursday, next week, if the coalition principals will make good their promise made yesterday.
Nasa leaders announced they would unveil the presidential candidate in seven days during a rally at Uhuru Park, Nairobi.
The four leaders who spoke at Bomas of Kenya while welcoming the coalition’s fifth principal, Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto, said they had agreed on all contentious issues, including a power-sharing plan and a formidable line-up to face President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto in the August 8 General Election.
Raila Odinga (ODM), Musalia Mudavadi (ANC), Moses Wetang’ula (Ford Kenya) and Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper) have been holding secret talks since Monday to unravel the stalemate that has prevented the coalition from moving forward.
Several attempts to name the flag-bearer had come a cropper, casting doubts and confusion in the outfit, but yesterday the leaders spoke with renewed vigour, vowing to seal a deal.
“Today, we come here to tell Kenyans that there is no cause for alarm on the leadership of Nasa. For the last three days, we have been holed up in meetings somewhere, even the co-chairs were not aware of our whereabouts and we have made tremendous progress in coming up with the team that will lead in the coming elections,” said Wetang’ula.
“I stand before you to report progress and give you a date with destiny. Yesterday, we worked until 3.30am and we are almost done. On April 27, we have a date with you at Uhuru Park. On that day you will be told who the Nasa team leader is,” he said.
The Bungoma senator added that the five principals have committed to staying together and none of them will walk out of Nasa after the announcement of the candidate.
Wetang’ula said all the parties in the formation will be treated as equals. “The power-sharing deal has been completed and we want to share power equally and horizontally.”
Raila announced the re-invention of the ODM-like 2007 formation with the entrance of Ruto, stating the Nasa Summit which had the four principals is renamed ‘Nasa Pentagon’.
He said the entry of Ruto strengthens the existing alliance that has metamorphosed from a three-member Cord into Nasa.
Mudavadi said the expanded Nasa will soon start criss-crossing the country to encourage its supporters to turn-up in large numbers on August 8 to vote for their candidate.
Kalonzo said the opposition team would shift focus to the 45,000 polling stations during the coming elections to ensure elections were free and fair.