Nasa dead as a dodo? Joho asks Kalonzo to state his position
ODM deputy leader Hassan Joho has asked Wiper chief Kalonzo Musyoka to state the party’s position in the Nasa coalition.
In a letter to Kalonzo on Tuesday, Joho said he was motivated by Farah Maalim’s televised remarks on the National Super Alliance being dead.
Joho, who is Mombasa Governor, said: “ODM notes with regret remarks by [Maalim] at a popular morning TV show on the 26th of month where he said [Nasa leader] Raila Odinga shoudl retire and become a kingmaker.”
Noting Maalim also said Raila’s party is “dead as a dodo”, Jthe Governor said these remarks were offensive to all members of the orange party.
The deputy leader wants to know whether Maalim’s views were those of the party led by Kalonzo, who is a Nasa principal.
He asked the Wiper boss to respond urgently “so that we can know how to engage the [Wiper Democratic Movement] going forth.”
Maalim is former National Assembly Deputy Speaker and a politician who vied for Garissa Town MP but lost to incumbent Aden Duale.
Raila, Kalonzo, Musalia Mudavadi (ANC) and Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang’ula (Ford Kenya) have been troubled since the disputed presidential election on August 8, 2017.
Matters worsened after Raila had himself sworn-in as the People’s President of Kenya. His coalition partners skipped the ceremony for reasons that have been termed insufficient.
Wiper is planning a March 16 meeting on its future. The summit in Nairobi’s Komarock area will audit the party’s position in the coalition and consider available options after the disputed 2017 polls.
ODM has made moves to revamp itself ahead of the 2022 general election. It has been said Raila may be planning an exit from Nasa.