Baraka Karama and Mutuku Mwangangi @PeopleDailyKe
Growing suspicions at the National Supper Alliance (Nasa) escalated yesterday when the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) MPs urged their leader Raila Odinga to ditch the outfit.
The fate of the alliance has become increasingly shaky in recent weeks as allies of the four principals, Raila, Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper) Musalia Mudavadi (ANC) and Moses Wetang’ula (Ford-Kenya) pull in different directions.
ODM MPs now want Raila to end his relationship with the three and craft a new alliance with other leaders.
The call came as Matungulu MP Stephen Mule (Wiper) accused Raila of holding the country to ransom for selfish political gains.
“Stop holding Kenyans to ransom. Tone down and hold dialogue with President Uhuru Kenyatta on how to better the lives of millions of Kenyans,” Mule said at a function in his constituency.
The Central Organisation of Trade Unions (COTU) Secretary General Francis Atwoli yesterday hosted Mudavadi, Western Kenya MPs and opinion leaders at his home to chart the way forward for the region’s politics.
The meeting resolved that Mudavadi remains the Luhya spokesman and the region’s flag-bearer in the 2022 General Election.
Nasa has been grappling with wrangles since January 30 when Raila’s co-principals skipped his mock swearing-in as the “people’s president”.
Raila’s allies are urging him to end the alliance and focus on crafting a new coalition ahead of the next election.
Nyando MP Jared Okello told People Daily the skipping of the swearing-in by the three was a scheme to isolate Raila.
“There is nothing more Raila is waiting for other than ditch these people who abandoned him at his time of need,” he said.
He said ODM legislators had reached out to Raila over the matter and expressed optimism he would act soon.
“We have asked our party leader to strengthen ODM first with a view of forging alliances with other parties,” said Okello.
But ODM chairman and Leader of Minority in the National Assembly John Mbadi insisted all is well within the alliance and accused the media and Jubilee of trying to split the outfit.
He said this week’s ODM meeting was meant to fill vacant positions and revamp the party.
“We have not held any meeting as ODM for a long time and so this one is very special as party leaders will use it to arrive on the way forward,” Mbadi said.
While addressing Nasa supporters in Mudavadi’s Vihiga county backyard last week, Raila maintained Nasa leaders were united.
Kakamega senator Cleophas Malala and nominated MP Godfrey Osotsi are among Mudavadi’s allies who have openly criticised his decision to skip the swearing-in.
But ANC legislators led by Butere MP Tindi Mwale defended Mudavadi against attacks from the Western region.
Even though Raila is putting on a brave face on Nasa’s unity, his allies say it is just a matter of time before he comes out to denounce his co-principals.
“He has been with these leaders for 10 years and what they have shown and even spoken means that he is alone. So, why stick with them?” posed Okello.
He said one of the options is to reach out to political adversaries ahead of the next election.
Suba MP Millie Odhiambo Mabona said Raila’s co-principals should not expect support from his supporters in future elections.
“Let it be clear that it is over and we owe no one anything. It’s time we looked elsewhere,” she said.
Both Mudavadi and Kalonzo are said to be keen on running for the presidency in 2022.
Osotsi, however, says it is not yet time for ODM leaders to call for the disbandment of Nasa.
“Yes, I agree that there is a problem but the principals should strengthen their parties and maintain the coalition which has a bright future,” he said.