Nasa in disarray after planned rally flops as Raila, Kalonzo and Wetang'ula head in different directions

Kalonzo Musyoka flew out of the country hours after the return of his Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) counterpart Raila Odinga jetted back from a week-long visit in the US.

Opposition leaders (from left) Kalonzo Musyoka, Moses Wetang'ula, Musalia Mudavadi and Raila Odinga at Nairobi Serena Hotel on January 31,2017.

A scheduled meeting by the Nasa principals before the rally aimed at re-assuring their supporters that they remained a united front also failed to materialise after the leaders were said to be involved in different engagements.

Surprisingly, Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka flew out of the country hours after the return of his Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) counterpart Raila Odinga jetted back from a week-long visit in the US.

According to his aides, Musyoka flew to Dubai on a “short business trip” and will be expected back into the country on Thursday.

The action by Musyoka raised eyebrows especially as it came barely hours after Raila arrived in Kenya.

According to Machakos Senator Johnson Muthama, the leaders wanted to give Raila a “rest” following his trip.

Different directions

During Raila’s absence, Musyoka has been on a whirlwind tour across Coast and Rift Valley and Eastern regions to popularise himself as the best bet for the Nasa flagbearer’s position.

At the same time, the other co-principal Moses Wetang’ula indicated that he would be away attending the ongoing Legislative Summit on devolution at the Coast.

However, Raila on his return back to the country allayed fears of an apparent fallout among the Nasa principals and blamed security state agencies for being behind the apparent unease in the alliance.

According to Muthama, the Nasa rally will now be pushed to Friday to ensure that the event will not interfere with their supporters' work schedules.

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