NASA flag bearer choice rests with principals, not committee – Kalonzo


NASA luminaries Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka, Moses Wetangula and Musalia Mudavadi after their meeting with IEBC commissioners on February 8, 2017.  /JACK OWUOR

Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka has dismissed claims that ODM’s Raila Odinga has been named the coalition’s presidential candidate.

This followed reports that the NASA coordinating committee has proposed the Wiper leader to be Raila’s running mate.

There is also a claim that Musalia Mudavadi of ANC is tipped for the role of the chief minister.

Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang’ula, according to sources privy to the details, will be named Speaker of the National Assembly.

“The committee has nothing to do with naming the NASA flag bearer.”

“Their work is to come up with the guiding principles and leave the rest to the principals,” Kalonzo said.

Kalonzo reiterated that if the choice will be made in a manner that demeans his principles, he will tell off his colleagues.

The Wiper leader said he will not bolt out of the coalition but rather fight from within for the best interests of the country.

“It is true we have reasonable heat in the coalition but we are ready to battle and unseat the Jubilee regime,” he said.

Kalonzo dismissed allegations that he was clinging to the 2013 MoU to blackmail the other principals.

“What we had in 2013 was a secret document between Raila, Wetangula and I.”

“Now that Mudavadi has been brought on board, that is all gone. We have signed a NASA agreement. We are ready to move on,” Kalonzo said.

He said Uhuru’s team is beatable. He said they are not just after removing them but will also strive to provide leadership and good governance.

Kalonzo said he was confident that any combination that the principal would agree upon will deliver the August 8 general election.

He said NASA’s main focus is to improve on failed governance systems and end negative ethnicity by creating an administration that has all Kenyans on board.

The NASA co-principal further denied claims that he was offered Sh7 billion by Jubilee to ditch NASA.

Kalonzo further denied of secretly meeting President Uhuru Kenyatta and DP William Ruto in Kilifi during the latter’s Coast tour.

Speaking on Citizen TV on Wednesday, he said the allegations are pure propaganda aimed at tarnishing his reputation.

“Jubilee has never offered me money. I have a family and friends who look to me as a role model.”

“How would I go down to receive money from Jubilee?” he asked.

In regards to the naming of a NASA presidential flag bearer, Kalonzo said this has been delayed deliberately to cool political heat.

He said the four principles will go for a retreat to finalise on a combination that will take on the incumbent during the August 8 polls.

“I want to assure all our supporters that before the end of April, we shall have named our flag bearer,” he said.

Kalonzo said they will implement the TJRC report if they win the polls.

He said Cord did not lose in the 2013 election, adding that it is him who convinced Raila to wait for Supreme Court ruling.

“It was never quoted as a proper judgment. We only lost digitally but we are confident the court denied us victory,” he said.


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