I don’t mind the billions, but… Kalonzo on leaving NASA


Wiper leader, Kalonzo Musyoka, has distanced himself from utterances made by Minority Leader in the National Assembly, Francis Nyenze, who claimed that the forner Vice President would ditch the opposition outfit, National Super Alliance (NASA), if he is not named the flag bearer by next week.

Speaking to the press after receiving defectors at the party headquarters in Nairobi, Kalonzo reiterated his committed to NASA adding that the four Principals will remain united ahead of the August elections.

The Wiper leader sought to clarify that Nyenze’s opinion was personal and did not represent Wiper.

“If people leave NASA, they will leave me in NASA. The most important thing is to send Jubilee home” said Kalonzo

“ If anyone tells you Kalonzo is leaving NASA, tell them they are saboteurs ,” he added.

Kalonzo further rubbished claims that he has been bribed to leave NASA saying he will not be provoked or intimidated by malicious people taking on social media.

“I have not been bribed. I do not mind the billions, but I am a man of integrity.”

This come just two days after Nyenze announced a seven-day ultimatum to the National Super Alliance to name Kalonzo as the presidential flag-bearer failure to which they will abandon the united opposition outfit.

Speaking after Wiper National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting in Nairobi on Wednesday, March 29, Nyenze said Kalonzo will not accept running mate or any other position in NASA ahead of the August 8 election.

Nyenze, who represents Wiper in NASA coordinating committee further demanded that the opposition coalition to honour the 2013 Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) MOU signed between Kalonzo and ODM leader, Raila Odinga, failure to which Kalonzo will run for president alone through his party.

Nyenze, a key ally of Kalonzo, said NASA risks turning into a ‘Nyanza Super Alliance’ should Wiper bolt.

Nyenze accused some members of the 12-member National Coordinating Committee-the organ mandated to pick the NASA presidential flag bearer of stalling talks by deliberately postponing meetings.

“I am not speaking as Nyenze, I am speaking for his Excellency Kalonzo Musyoka, the Wiper Party and the Kamba people, this is the last chance we cannot go round in circles trying to waste time,” Nyenze declared.

Nyenze maintained that Kalonzo was not ready to play second fiddle to anyone dismissing the NASA technical committee comprised of experts-as ‘skewed and compromised.”

“That Committee is skewed and the results will favour only one side, so we don’t have to keep meeting and even if we meet a hundred times we will not agree until the MOU is honoured,” Nyenze said.

The committee warned that excluding the ODM leader and former Prime Minister would outrage his supporters and convert intact opposition bastions into battlegrounds with Jubilee.

The committee includes economist Dr David Ndii, Nairobi University Prof Adams Oloo, Kabarak University Law Prof Elisha Ongoya, former member of the defunct Constitution of Kenya Review Commission Abubakar Zein and ex-Mumias Sugar Company chairman, Dan Ameyo.

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