I must be on the ballot this time, Kalonzo tells NASA
Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka has thrown prospects of the opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition of fielding a single candidate in the forthcoming General Election into further disarray by declaring he must be on the ballot box.
Addressing party aspirants at the Bomas of Kenya in Nairobi, Kalonzo said that he has been diplomatic enough by giving way to other presidential candidates in the past, insisting that NASA should support his ambitions this time around.
Kalonzo’s sentiments come hot on heels of a declaration by coastal region political heavyweights led by Mombasa County Governor Hassan Joho to support ODM leader Raila Odinga to carry the opposition’s flag on the August 8th polls.
Kalonzo faulted NASA co-principals for branding him a Jubilee mole just by declaring his interest to vie the presidency.
“Nobody should construe that I have any other intention other than taking Jubilee home within NASA,” said Kalonzo.
Machakos County Senator Johnstone Muthama alluded to a stalemate within a technical committee appointed the coalition to develop a formula for selecting a presidential candidate for NASA.
“From where I stand, things look tough. You just wait for the outcome that will arrive very soon. In NASA the task is enormous that probably we have not agreed on an amicable solution,” Muthama told Wiper Party aspirants at the Bomas of Kenya.
Party Secretary General Hassan Omar challenged the ODM team in the NASA talks to disclose their interests instead of engaging in sideshows and ‘reckless fights.’
Omar insisted that Kalonzo, just like Raila Odinga, has the right to demand support for his presidential bid from the NASA partners.
“There is nothing wrong with Kalonzo Musyoka saying that he wants to be NASA’s presidential candidate,” he said.
Wiper Democratic Movement Party officials had converged at the Bomas of Kenya to brief aspirants on the party ticket on their elections plan and timelines.
The party will kick off its primaries on April 18th at the coastal counties of Mombasa, Kilifi, Tana River, Taita Taveta and Kwale.
The party’s stronghold in lower Eastern region will hold primaries on April 24.
The Nairobi County nomination drive will be held on the 23rd of April.