NASA’s unseen move set to change Nairobi politics

NASA is jostling up to create tension in Jubilee Party after a series of aspirants in the party presented their nomination papers. Kidero is already facing four men from the Jubilee side.

 

NASA will is set to hold a mega joint rally in Kitengela, Kajiado County, in a bid to dispel fears of a fallout recently crusaded by Jubilee Party.

Earlier over the week, Wiper’s Kalonzo Musyoka expressed his disquiet in the coalition by presenting his presidential nomination papers to his party headquarters, after talks to pick the preferred candidate from the four hit a snag.

The rally is set to be addressed by the competing NASA trio of Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper), Musalia Mudavadi (Amani National Congress) and Moses Wetang’ula (Ford-Kenya) comes at a time of immense pressure and almost mutual suspicion of betrayal among the principals.

Raila Odinga’s ODM’s will not be represented as the former premier is in the US. Odinga is expected in the country on Monday morning, before the slated rally set for Wednesday next week in Nairobi.

There have increasing fears from the newly launched camp, with Amani’s Musalia Mudavadi saying that those who wanted to decamp from the union should do so without accusing anyone.

Already a 12-man team chosen from the four parties, which formed the electoral technical committee, is scratching its head in the search of a flag-bearer among the four.

When he spoke shortly after the launch, ODM’s Raila Odinga maintained that there will be free and fair nomination for the presidential flag bearer.

Odinga is highly expected to carry the flag, something likely to create a disquiet from Kalonzo, who has already expressed fears of being shortchanged, owing to the 2013 agreement he entered with Odinga.

“Nasa is a people’s movement. It is not built on personalities. We may symbolise Nasa but we aren’t Nasa,” Mudavadi said in a statement on Thursday, warning against defections.

On Friday evening, Musyoka described the rally as part of its continued bid to assure supporters of their unity ahead of the August General Election.

He was speaking when he received Tana River Speaker Adbi Nuh who wants to be governor of the county, to replace Hussein Dado, who decamped to Jubilee last week.

In the meeting, Musyoka warned against attempts he said were being hatched to scrap the Senate and undermine devolution.

“I get a panic each time I see headlines that MPs want to have appointed governors and scrap Senate. We must condemn such thoughts because devolution is here to stay,” he said.

Dr Nuh, a former Bura MP on the then ODM-Kenya ticket, also chaired the County Assemblies Forum, a powerful agency bringing together Kenya’s 2,526 Members of the County Assemblies.

“I will ensure that Tana River reaps the benefits of devolution once I am elected governor,” said Nuh.

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