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Forget State House if you don’t unite, Ngilu to NASA principals

By Winfrey Owino | June 17th 2021

Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu said that they united NARC in 2002 and managed to win election. [File, Standard]

Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu has urged the National Super Alliance (NASA) principals to unite ahead of the 2022 General Election saying that coalitions are the only way to win polls.

Ngilu, a former presidential candidate, spoke just a day after Wiper Leader Kalonzo Musyoka said he’d rather retire from politics than support Raila Odinga for the third time.

The four, ODM’s Raila Odinga, Wiper’s Kalonzo Musyoka, ANC’s Musalia Mudavadi and Ford-Kenya’s Moses Wetangula, had formed a coalition in the last two elections but failed to clinch the country’s top seat.

In an interview with Radio Citizen on Thursday morning, the county boss said unless the quartet unites, then they will not make it to State House.

“Unless they [the four NASA principals] unite, hiyo Statehouse wataionea Viusasa (they will only see State House from a distance),” she said.

Ngilu went on to defend her statement saying they have previously managed to win elections after uniting to campaign for one candidate, then form a joint government.

She narrated how they united under the National Rainbow Coalition (NARC) ahead of the 2002 general election and managed to help Mwai Kibaki clinch the seat.

“We campaigned for Kibaki in absentia. He was in the hospital during the campaigns but since we united, we won that seat very early in the morning,” she added.

“I do not understand why fellow leaders are selfishly fighting each other. Every one of us is known by our individual achievements and utterances and will be judged by Kenyans as an individual,” she went on.

The country’s first ever female presidential aspirant suggested leaders should be pushing for agendas as opposed to focusing on their own interests and benefits.

Prior to this, Kalonzo Musyoka had said he will not support Raila Odinga in the 2022 General Election.

Speaking to NTV on Wednesday night, Kalonzo alleged humiliation under the NASA outfit and would not consider teaming up again.

The former vice president said he is getting ready for 2022 with the intention of walking away from Raila, whom he has deputised twice in 2013 and 2017.

"As of now, it is unthinkable that one Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka would support Raila for the third time," he said, adding that if all fails he would rather retire and go back to his Tseikuru home.

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