Moment of truth as Raila attends NASA crisis meeting


NASA leader Raila Odinga arrives at Stoni Resort in Athi River.
NASA leader Raila Odinga arrives at Stoni Resort in Athi River.

In Summary

  • National Super Alliance leader Raila Odinga on Monday once again pulled a surprise after he joined his fellow NASA co-principals Kalonzo Musyoka, Moses Wetangula and Musalia Mudavadi for a crisis meeting at the Stoni Athi Resort in Athi River.
  • The meeting comes amid concern of a deep fallout in the NASA coalition, with political pundits saying the move by Odinga to hold a parley with Kenyatta was a culmination of the perceived betrayal by his co-principals who skipped his mock swearing in ceremony in January.

NASA leader Raila Odinga on Monday pulled a surprise when he joined his party co-principals Kalonzo Musyoka, Moses Wetangula and Musalia Mudavadi for a crisis meeting at the Stoni Athi Resort in Athi River.

Reports were rife that Mr. Odinga would snub the meeting following the acrimony that has rocked the coalition in the wake of his unity pact with President Uhuru Kenyatta which seemed to have sidelined the three top NASA bosses.

The opposition leader’s lieutenants had also remained non-committal on whether Mr. Odinga would join the meeting whose main agenda was set to be the pact with President Kenyatta.

However, at 15 minutes past noon Mr. Odinga’s convoy pulled up at the Stoni Athi resort and he was accompanied by Siaya Senator James Orengo.

Kalonzo, Mudavadi and Wetangula were also flanked by their close confidantes among them Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana, former Senators Johnson Muthama, Barrack Muluka, Sakwa Bunyasi, Bonny Kwalwale and Eseli Simiyu.

The meeting comes amid concerns of a fallout in the coalition, with political pundits saying the move by Mr. Odinga to hold a parley with Kenyatta was a culmination of the perceived betrayal by his co-principals who skipped his mock swearing-in ceremony in January.

After Kenyatta and Odinga met on Friday last week, the other three NASA co-principals came out to lament that they were neither consulted nor informed of the meeting.

The NASA principals revealed that they would raise the issue with Odinga at today’s meeting.

They however called for calm among their supporters saying they would will do a thorough audit of the Kenyatta-Odinga MOU during the meeting.

“The MOU is not anchored nor underwritten by any known institutional framework. Neither does it succinctly capture the nagging issues contained in NASA national dialogue agenda for which many have died and others maimed in the recent past. It is not possible to gloss over issues of electoral justice by simply accepting to move on, on the basis of a gentleman’s agreement,”said Mudavadi in a statement issued on Saturday.

“The NASA Summit will do a thorough audit of the MOU and undertake soul-searching on whether Kenyans were taken for a ride on not by this MOU.”

It remains to be seen whether the high-stakes Athi River meeting will calm the political storm surrounding the NASA coalition.

 

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