NASA to welcome Ruto as fifth principal

Opposition leaders during the Bomas Of Kenya meeting to deliberate gthe formation of a National Super Alliance on Wednesday, January 11.

National Super Alliance is today (Thursday) expected to officially welcome Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto into the fold, two days after he declared his Chama Cha Mashinani party will work with the united opposition outfit.

According to the NASA Technical Committee, Ruto will be welcomed as the 5th NASA principal at a meeting at the Bomas of Kenya, Nairobi, to be graced by principals Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka, Moses Wetangula and Musalia Mudavadi.

Speaking to the media yesterday, committee co-chair, Johnstone Muthama said NASA will also announce the direction it will be taking as far as naming of its flag-bearer is concerned further denying reports that talks have collapsed.

On his part, co-chair James Orengo insisted that the Bomas meeting will be crucial to NASA’s future as the opposition alliance also readies to unveil its manifesto to guide them ahead of the August General Election.

This comes amid rumors going round that the opposition coalition has already settled on a Raila-Kalonzo team as NASA’s flag bearer and running mate respectively.

Last week, ODM’s Secretary General, Agnes Zani, stirred controversy when she affirmed that NASA’s National Coordinating Committee (NCC) had settled on the line-up, with Amani National Congress supporters accusing ODM of sabotaging the unity of the opposition by leaking sensitive information to the public domain.

National Super Alliance (NASA) Co-principal Raila Odinga has since rubbished these claims saying: “ If a line-up has been agreed upon, it will be officially unveiled to the public, we will come and tell you.”

The former Premiere said that the NCC has not yet settled on the appropriate line-up and when they do so, they will be professional enough to hand it over to the central committee for action.

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