National Assembly Minority Leader Francis Nyenze/FILE
BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,29TH MARCH 2017-The debate surrounding naming of the NASA coalition flag bearer in the forthcoming general elections continue to elicit mixed reactions from a cross-section of wiper leaders.Most of the members allied to Wiper leader insist that Kalonzo Musyoka must to be named the flag-bearer of the National Super Alliance (Nasa).
National Assembly Minority Leader Francis Nyenze who is believed to be Kalonzo Musyoka’s right hand man was categorical that it would be doom in the alliance if the Wiper leader is denied the ticket.
“This is the last straw that will break the camel’s back. If Kalonzo is not going to be the presidential candidate, Nasa will not exist anymore,” he told reporters at Parliament in Nairobi.
Ukambani politicians address the unity meeting in Emali on 28th March 2017,they all said the regions votes will go to NASA during August elections but Kalonzo Must be Flag bearer .
Hours later, Wiper Secretary-General Hassan Omar addressed a press conference that was to be attended by Mr Musyoka.
Mr Omar affirmed Mr Nyenze’s statement but added that Wiper would “play inside Nasa even if Kalonzo Musyoka is not chosen to fly the Nasa flag”.
“What is wrong with Nyenze putting our position out there?” he said.
“He is our negotiator and he has the right to speak strongly about it. We have strong faith in him. When you say there is corruption in Kenya, are you saying you are about to bolt out? No!”
He echoed Mr Nyenze’s claim that Nasa’s National Coordinating Committee has been hit by a stalemate, leading to delays in the naming of the candidate.
The party wants Orange Democratic Movement leader and Nasa co-principal Raila Odinga to honour the memorandum of understanding that Mr Musyoka signed with Mr Odinga.
The disputed agreement, Wiper leaders say, stipulated that Mr Odinga would be the presidential candidate in the 2013 General Election and Mr Musyoka in 2017.
Mr Nyenze said he had given Nasa a seven-day ultimatum to convene a meeting of the National Coordinating Committee to affirm the 2013 MoU otherwise Mr Musyoka would go it alone.
“The Kambas have reached an edge and if it is not Kalonzo, Wiper will go it alone. We’ll not play second fiddle to anybody,” he said.