Monday June 22, 2020 – Wiper Democratic Movement Leader, Kalonzo Musyoka, spoke about the shaky future of the National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition, revealing how former Prime Minister Raila Odinga betrayed the coalition partners and abandoned them when they needed him the most.
Kalonzo was speaking on Punchline, days after Wiper signed a co-operation agreement with the ruling Jubilee Party.
Questioned on what it meant for Wiper’s engagement with NASA, Kalonzo explained that the Opposition coalition had failed to live up to a pre-election agreement signed before the 2017 elections that committed them to working together after the polls even in case of a loss.
He noted that the coalition’s top organ, the summit, had not met in three years and pointed an accusing finger at the Raila Odinga-led Orange Democratic Movement (ODM).
Kalonzo disclosed that he tried to convene a summit meeting on various occasions, but only Amani National Congress (ANC) led by Musalia Mudavadi and Ford Kenya, then led by Moses Wetangula, were willing participants.
“That cooperation was supposed not just to aim at winning the elections in 2017, but it says that the NASA sister parties would cooperate until the next General Election.”
“And even when we get to the next general election, under the terms of that coalition agreement, we were going to look at the possibility of renewing further cooperation.”
“But the reality is that we have not sat as a summit.”
“The highest organ of NASA is the summit, but we have not met since the last general election,” he stated.
He voiced his suspicions that Raila’s refusal to participate in the summit meeting was due to the controversy over how to share billions from the Political Parties Fund.
ODM secured Ksh 4.1 billion from the Political Parties Fund in 2019 after a protracted battle ended in the Court of Appeal.
“ODM were not able to come to the table.”
“I think the issue must have been because of the dicey issue of sharing under the political parties fund. But that is something that can be still handled,” he stated.
ODM Chairman John Mbadi had asserted that they owed nothing to ANC in particular as they were not part of the same coalition when they filed the case in 2015.
He further stated that while Wiper and Ford Kenya’s claims could be considered, only ODM and Jubilee were entitled to the funds by virtue of their numerical strength in Parliament.
The Kenyan DAILY POST