Has the National Super Alliance (NASA) political marriage failed and irrecoverable? Well, Amani National Congress (ANC) leader Musalia Mudavadi says there are attempts to smooth out the differences within the formation.
Among these are a row on sharing the proceeds of political parties that fund NASA’s affiliated parties; Wiper, ANC and Ford Kenya accuse ODM of hoarding.
But Mudavadi is also aware of the likelihood of new political formations ahead of next year’s general elections, but insists that trust must be a key ingredient.
Mudavadi is on an offensive mission of charm in the mountain full of votes. Region of Kenya, ahead of the presidential competition on 9 August 2022.
Aside from the chase for votes, Mudavadi acknowledged the role of coalitions and political pacts in the race to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta, also drawing lessons from NASA which was created in the run-up to the 2017 general election, but is now in turmoil. .
“You can put things on paper, but if leaders don’t work on the basis of trust, what’s on paper may not be good enough,” he said.
Sharing the proceeds of the political parties’ fund has been a thorny issue in NASA, with partner parties accusing the Raila Odinga-led ODM of dishonesty in sharing the funds.
“Kalonzo as the leader of wipers is closing the gap on our behalf, by talking to our brother, who we had an understanding, we can solve it. I report, we are in the fourth year and this question is pending. Would you say there is trust? This is the question for the future, “Mudavadi said.
But ODM says the funds it has received so far have been the fruits of its exploits in the 2017 neighborhood, parliamentary and government elections.
“They are our older brothers, you don’t eat everything when the food is put on the table, you take your share and let the food grow for your other brothers too. You can’t have a fat brother and the others are thin, ”Robert Mbui, Wiper’s organizational secretary, said in a recent interview with Citizen TV.
ODM secretary general, Edwin Sifuna, however, retorted: “If I eat my food and you eat yours, if I fatten on my own food, you don’t have to grudge me, I’m not eating your food, it’s the my. If we had obtained the presidential vote which is acceptable, we would have shared it ”.
Whether NASA can be bailed out in time for next year’s general election remains a pertinent question.
“We are in NASA, at least I trained and pushed for it, but the truth is that there is a serious breach of trust. There is a lack of trust in NASA, which is why imedidimia… this is the truth and we cannot hide it, ”Mudavadi said.
That distrust deepens by the day, as the creation of new political formations picks up pace.
Mudavadi, Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka, Ford Kenya’s Moses Wetangula and KANU’s Gideon Moi have put together the One Kenya Alliance, leaving ODM aside.
The orange party, on the other hand, is in talks with Jubilee, to make a political pact in view of next year’s elections.
“Kenyans should have an open mind, because the political formations are not yet complete. We will see a lot of pushes, negotiations, between political parties and Kenyans and in the end we will be clear on what the formations are in the end, “added Mudavadi.
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