NASA divisions: Joho-Kalonzo exchange stirs fresh infighting


Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka and Hassan Joho during the National Governing Council Meeting for the ...
Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka and Hassan Joho during the National Governing Council Meeting for the Orange Democratic Movement at Orange House in Nairobi on Friday, February 24. PHOTO| COURTESY

In Summary

  • Infighting among leaders from the National Super Alliance affiliate parties continue to threaten the opposition coalition's unity.
  • Kitui Senator Enoch Wambua of Wiper lashed out at Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho who is also the ODM deputy party leader for what he termed as disrespect to Wiper leader and NASA co-principal Kalonzo Musyoka.
  • Wambua, who was speaking at a funeral ceremony in Kitui on Saturday, said Wiper party has an equal stake within the coalition and should be treated as such.

Infighting among leaders from the National Super Alliance affiliate parties continue to threaten the opposition coalition’s unity.

Kitui Senator Enoch Wambua of Wiper lashed out at Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho who is also the ODM deputy party leader for what he termed as disrespect to Wiper leader and NASA co-principal Kalonzo Musyoka.

“It’s not like we are in NASA because there are no options, the options are as many as there are elected leaders,” he said.

Wambua, who was speaking at a funeral ceremony in Kitui on Saturday, said Wiper party has an equal stake within the coalition and should be treated as such.

“We can’t have a situation where members of parliament, governors and even MCAs have the audacity to insult principals within the coalition,” said Wambua.

He further called on local leaders to focus on delivering their promises to the voter, instead of the unending political squabbles.

The senator’s remarks came a day after an exchange between Joho and Kalonzo during the ODM party National Governing Council meeting on Friday. Joho alluded that Kalonzo, Mudavadi and Moses Wetangula were cowards, hence, their move to skip Raila Odinga’s mock swearing in ceremony at Uhuru Park on January 30.

However, in the same event, Odinga, Kalonzo and Musalia Mudavadi sought to display a show of unity despite simmering discontent among the coalition affiliate parties.

In a written speech sent to newsrooms after the Friday event, Odinga indicated readiness of the Orange party to go it alone in future political contests, should the affiliate parties not agree on how to forge ahead.

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