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BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,16TH FEB 2018-The national super Alliance (NASA )principals have downplayed reports in a section of the media that the entire coalition was indeed collapsing.
The four principals Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka, Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Wetangula said the entity remains focused in its push for electoral justice.
In a statement issued on Friday, the four said NASA will continue to push growth in the social, economic, and democratisation fronts.
The leaders said “the differences within NASA ranks are extremely small compared to the huge chasm in Jubilee which the media have chosen to ignore.”
“The coalition has been able to resolve the minor disputes like membership and leadership of House committees amicably,” the leaders said.
“…unlike the Jubilee Party which has had to eject members forcibly from certain committees.”
The coalition singled out case of MPs Alfred Keter, Silas Tiren, James Gakuya, and Kangogo Bowen who were kicked out of House committees.
“Furthermore, in recent days, a number of Jubilee Party leaders have openly stated that their support for DP William Ruto to succeed Uhuru Kenyatta is not guaranteed.”
The leaders urged their NASA supporters to ignore media reports that are determined to create rifts “where none exists”.
“That stand has gone against the official line that Ruto is in line to succeed Uhuru. None of such violent disagreements have taken place in NASA,” they said.
“The coalition is firmly united on the fight for electoral justice, police reforms, strengthening the Judiciary, strengthening devolution and reforming the executive.”
On January 30 three leaders out of four snubbed Raila Odinga’s swearing in at Uhuru Park as people’s president.
The move saw Mudavadi, Kalonzo, and Wetang’ula supporters brand them traitors and irredeemable cowards.
Since then there has been speculations across the country and indeed with some media reporting that they principal could as well not be reading on the same script.
The three leaders said their absence at the event was part of the coalition’s strategy amid fears of Jubilee administration crackdown over the oath with Kalonzo saying he was ready to be sworn in any other time.