National Assembly Minority Leader Francis Nyenze with Kitui senetor David Musila/UPESINEWS
BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,28TH APRIL 2017-Wiper leaders now claim the announcement made by the national super Alliance of naming Raila Odinga the coalition’s flg bearer and Kalonzo Musyoka his running mate was a totally unexpected move coming as a big surprise to the Kamba community.The National Assembly Minority Leader Francis Nyenze while addressing journalists on Friday, stated that “he will speak the truth to shame the devil.”
The leaders have a problem with failure by the National Super Alliance (NASA) to pick their leader Kalonzo Musyoka as the NASA presidential candidate and instead settled for what has now been termed as a “2013 rematch” with ODM Raila Odinga as the captain, once again.
But Nyenze and his team now says they got a raw deal.
“I want to say that the Kamba nation got a raw deal because there was a Memorandum of Understanding in 2013 that Honourable Kalonzo Musyoka supports Raila Odinga and we did that man-to-man. In 2017 it was to be Kalonzo Musyoka,” the soft spoken legislator stated.
He cautioned that it will be “a difficult task to convince the Kamba nation to play the second fiddle when they played that in 2013 and in 2017, they expected their son to be a flag bearer. These are things I say as senior member of Wiper and as a Kamba leader and it is good to say the truth, to shame the devil.”
“There is a lot of bad feeling. This formula we saw it in 2013 and we had hoped that Kalonzo will be the flag bearer backed by either Raila or Musalia (Mudavadi) but now we have seen different results. And I am saying in my opinion, there will need for a lot of lobbying to convince the Kamba nation to vote again for NASA, when their ‘son’ is not a flag bearer.”
Nyenze said as a protest, they will not attend any NASA meetings until the grievances are addressed.
“It is good to be sincere and speak the truth and shame the devil and not pretend … it is also good to say it as it is; not to pretend that things are okay when things are not. It is a tall order to convince our people to vote again for someone else and not Kalonzo as the flag bearer,” he asserted.
He said they need to consult and “heal” because Thursday’s announcement came as a shocker.
According to him, the technical team that was negotiating the deal had settled down on Musyoka and cannot tell at what stage it was changed.
He warned that the Kamba nation will “not just follow instructions.”
“We need to sit and talk,” he stated. “Our people have been calling us asking what is this?”
He said the name CORD was dropped so that their counterparts could easily ignore the 2013 Memorandum of Understanding.
“Why did Kalonzo accept to be a running mate while all along he had told us that he will not play second fiddle to anybody? He shocked all of us. And if NASA calls a meeting, we will not attend until we sit (and talk),” he said.
Senator David Musila on his part called on the Wiper Party leader to call a meeting and explain what is in the new deal.
“No one knows what is in that MoU. When he signed, he must have known what is good in it,” Musila said. “There is a problem here and it need to be resolved before we go to our people.”
Also absent during the Uhuru Park announcement on Thursday was Senator Johnstone Muthama, a vocal supporter of the Wiper leader.
Notably, a section of supporters walked out of Uhuru Park, as soon as Musyoka was named the running mate.
They were wearing Wiper and Amani National Coalition party T-Shirts.