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National Super Alliance May not have anything new to offer

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By Dominic Opaka | December 27th 2016
It’s now official that opposition parties are towing with an idea of forming a National Super Alliance (NASA)to face the Jubilee party during the August 2017 general election. Kenyans should not be deceived by CORD and its partners because they are just wolves in sheep’s skins. The differences among these parties are irreconcilable serving only to appease bloated egos with an appetite to grab power from Jubilee but no practical solutions to our problems.

Most of these political leaders are the scions of political dynasties, benefiting from family names and reputation plus timing, but not everyone makes the cut.A number of political leaders across the country, continue to make a continuation of political legacies, enriching themselves on the basis of a famous family name. A prestigious lineage doesn't guarantee political success.

A small number of families monopolizing political power undermine the quality of democratic representation of citizens. Most of the opposition kingpins have been in politics for the last 20 years. If it weren’t for our country’s political nepotism, they would not stand a chance. They are not driven by any ideology other than grab power and safeguard their interests. These leaders have been here, they are part of the problems that have run our institutions down the drains.

 If they are serious about fighting corruption, they should first of all work on their integrity. Raila still needs to explain how the molasses plant in Kisumu once public owned changed hands to a private company.Kalonzo should clear his name over the 600 acres of land in Yatta that is said to belong to NYS.Wetangula, on the other hand, needs to know that Kenyans are still waiting for answers on how Kenya lost over 1.4 billion shillings during a land deal in Japan when he was a foreign affair minister.

By now we expect them as an alternative government they should be talking about what they will do differently from what Jubilee is doing. We would like to know the policies on crime and education and economy and how they plan to strengthen county governments and empower the local communities. Yes, there is a terrible decline in the quality of service delivery and a rise in corruption, but it isn't enough to be a whistleblower.They need to show that they are serious contenders for the presidency and can spur this country from the pits of poverty.

Jubilee has abused the goodwill of Kenyans; however, it’s becoming increasingly clear that they may have an easy time come August 8th, 2017.Already the national wage bill is busting. It is imaging that should NASA win the elections it will create a Prime Ministers post with two deputies at the expense of the taxpayers.

Most of us will recall the rift during the NARC government. Interestingly all these politicians were part of it.The sole intention as to why NARC was formed was to dislodge KANU from power. Once the mission was accomplished it was time for everyone to eat and those who felt short-changed complained loudly living most of us to wonder if ever the government of the day had time to work.

One wonders how the proposed alliance is going to be different from NARC.It's obvious that a bloated alliance may not have enough room to accommodate everybody. Already there seems to be no consensus on the structure or form of the grand alliance or who should lead it.There also seems to be no agreement on who should convene the forum for the talks. How the negotiations are managed will determine who joins the ship and who walks away.

 All we know is the signs are murky. Raila Odinga wants to give one last stab a move that is likely to make partners walk away.Kalonzo Musyoka claims it’s his turn owing to the 2013 agreement with Raila. Musalia Mudavadi has been positioning himself as the compromise candidate a move that has given Ford Kenya’s leader, Moses Wetangula sleepless nights.

 In practical terms, some of the parties have the worst internal democracy. It will take time for them to sort their wrangles and mistrusts before the alliance materialize. We should watch as the alliance prepare to cobble up at the eleventh hour. As citizens, we must scrutinize those who seek elective positions, by knowing what they stand for.
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