How NASA messed itself up right from the beginning
After suffering a humiliating defeat by Jubilee in the August 8 elections, the National Super Alliance (NASA) was given another chance by the Supreme Court to redeem itself and put up a fresh fight against the ruling party. But the Opposition started messing itself up immediately after the Supreme Court ruling that nullified President Uhuru Kenyatta’s win.
First, instead of putting their house in order and preparing for the fresh election after seriously celebrating the judgment, NASA leaders, led by their general Raila Odinga, decided to go for the wrong target, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
In the mean their opponent, the dynamic duo of President Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto, hit the ground running, moving from one county to the next to convince the voters to confirm within 60 days that they had won fair and square. It appeared NASA knew right from the beginning that they could not win this election because they had no numbers.
They therefore saw no need to campaign, but only tried unsuccessfully to justify why the Supreme Court nullified the election they knew they had lost. Secondly, came the defections by ardent NASA leaders to the Jubilee fold. Even Raila’s own lieutenants were now convinced that their general was not interested in the real battle, but in unsustainable propaganda.
Raila’s own point men, who had been loyal to him for a long time, started trooping to the winning side in their droves, from the Coast, to South Rift to Western regions. After all, everyone loves the winning team, right?