NASA wrangles intensify as ODM talks tough
SEE ALSO :Raila: We must have a referendumOn Sunday, leaders from the three parties met at Ole Sereni Hotel in Nairobi, where they resolved to forge forward without ODM. The leaders discussed the issuing a joint communique to ‘allow Raila and ODM’ to proceed with their negotiations with Jubilee which was to be issued on Monday, but the intention was scuttled when Raila attended the meeting at Stoni Athi. “We don’t want to pretend that by two people shaking hands, we have quelled tension in the country. As a party, we will look into how to solve these issues, including the need to compensate those who lost their loved ones in the electoral violence,” Lunani said. Asked if the three parties were ready to chart their way should ODM abandon them, Lunani responded: “There is a mistake that Kenyans are making. People are imagining that if you are not with Raila, you are with Uhuru. This is a pure lie. There is a silent majority that sees others as alternative leadership.” The ANC chairman scoffed at ODM’s threat to quit, saying that would not break the coalition.
SEE ALSO :Muthama issues ultimatum to Kalonzo“There is an agreement that states that NASA stands unless three parties withdraw. So if ODM quits, the three will still remain in NASA and build a formidable coalition," he said. Borabu MP Ben Momanyi (Wiper) said: “We don’t mind the move but the way it was done was not proper. One person cannot unilaterally decide on behalf of others. NASA will be strong with or without ODM,” he said. Makueni MP Dan Maanzo (Wiper) accused his ODM colleagues of undermining other partners. “ODM is behaving as if it holds a bigger stake in NASA. We are all equals. But we need to know if they are doing this on behalf of Raila so that we can react,” he said. At the Orange party headquarters, the lawmakers told the party leader not to be distracted from the pursuit of unity, which has been elusive since the last polls. “We encouraged the party leader to stay focused on the big picture and the struggle for a better, just, inclusive, and fair Kenya and refuse to be distracted by those positioning themselves for 2022,” said National Assembly Minority Whip Junet Mohamed in a statement. Sources told The Standard that Raila narrated his bumpy political journey and assured them that ‘Canaan’ was still real if they supported President Uhuru’s administration. The source said Raila told the legislators to work closely with Jubilee both in Parliament and outside so that unity and harmony prevailed. “He explained to us the reasons we should work closely with Jubilee in the House. We did not have enough time but his explanation was on point. He assured us that he was candid with the other NASA co-principals,” said the source. Unity crusade Several sources said Raila had the leaders that he had agreed in principle with Uhuru that victims of the poll violence would be compensated and that they would lead a unity crusade across the country. According to the source, the members agreed to rationalise parliamentary committee memberships to include those without positions in the next two weeks.