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BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,23RD FEB 2018-The national Super Alliance (NASA) is still firm and united.NASA co-principal Raila Odinga has said.Addressing ODM party delegates in Nairobi on Friday February 23,Odinga said the squabbles with his co-principals is reflective of sibling rivalry.He say fights he had learned of in the coalition were not serious at all.
“I hear people saying wiper is fighting with ODM, ANC ,Wiper, Ford Kenya … tuko katika ile nyumba ya kienyeji ambapo kuna nyumba mingi. Wakati mwingine wabunge huvurutana … hiyo siyo kuonyesha Nasa inasambaratika (translated to ,We are in the traditional set up with many houses. Parliamentarians sometimes wrangle that doesn’t mean Nasa is crumbling).”
Raila added: “Hata pale unapoishi na bibi sio furaha kila siku. Hayo ni maisha na yanaonyesha demokrasia (Even with wives, happiness is not the case every day. Such is life … it shows democracy).”
Raila’s comments came days after a near-implosion of the Opposition coalition, with legislators from three affiliate parties openly telling Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka to shape up or ship out.
The Opposition leader’s allies are threatening to kick out the three affiliates from key parliamentary committee leadership positions, accusing them of riding on ODM’s back with “insignificant political capital”.
Raila acknowledged that the coalition’s unity was tested during “one of the toughest elections in Kenya’s history”.
He and his co-principals Kalonzo, Musalia Mudavadi (ANC) and Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang’ula (Ford Kenya) opposed the outcome of the August 8, 2017 presidential election and then boycotted the re-run on October 26.
They are now leading a resistance but the government has been keeon on suppressing it.
divisions widened in Nasa after Kalonzo, Musalia and Wetang’ula skipped Raila’s swearing-in on January 30 after weeks of charging the supporters.
However according to Odinga , despite the troubles of the poll, the National Super Alliance emerged victorious and better off than they imagined.
“The elections tested our capacity beyond limits as a party, coalition and a nation. All over the world coalitions are formed either to win elections or to form government,” he said.
The ODM leader emphasised that the campaign against electoral injustice will continue until there is change.
“I thank our partners for a battle well fought. In our case, we made history by living past 2013 and expanding into Nasa to fight into 2017 and beyond,” he said.
“What has gone on since August 8 – the crackdown on media, the Judiciary and Nasa leaders – has left no doubt that dictatorship is raising its head in Kenya. The robber must never be allowed to get away with it.”
Raila further said the stalemate following “sham elections” has made it clear that President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee Party is offering “yesterday’s approaches to today’s problems”.
“Jubilee is offering an old country as something new. The times are tough and uncertain. Tides are rough and high but we agree that there is no turning back. That is why we had to assemble and reboot sooner than later.”
The NASA Co- principal also made known to Kenyans that the coalition will unveil a task force to look into the August elections and review nomination rules.
“We are here to get the battle ready. The events of a few months have prepared us.”
According to Odinga ,the taskforce will look into the capacity, resources, strengths and weaknesses of the election board.
“This will be done to strengthen and avoid past pitfalls. They should present the report within 90 days,” he said. “We will stop a leadership that is heading to the wilderness from taking Kenyans with them.”