‘Throwing tantrums will not help you,’ NASA leaders tell Wetangula


'Throwing tantrums will not help you,' NASA leaders tell Wetangula
NASA leaders - led by ODM Chairman John Mbadi, Senator Cleophas Malala and MPs Opiyo Wandayi and Junet Mohammed - address the press on Wednesday. PHOTO/EDWIN OBUYA

In Summary

  • The leaders - ODM Chairman John Mbadi, Senator Cleophas Malala, MPs Junet Mohamed and Opiyo Wandayi said Wetangula had failed.
  • Suba South MP John Mbadi accused Wetangula of disparaging their party leader Raila Odinga, labeling him a coward for skipping the controversial Uhuru Park 'swearing-in.'
  • Senator Malala, on his part, faulted Wetangula for thinking that his supposed exit from the opposition coalition would lead to the exit of fellow leaders from the Western region.

Leaders from the National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition have poured scorn on Kakamega Senator Moses Wetangula, telling him to recover from being ousted as the leader of minority in the Senate.

The leaders, led by Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party chairman John Mbadi, Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala, Suna East MP Junet Mohamed and his Ugunja counterpart Opiyo Wandayi said Wetangula had failed.

“Wetangula had no track record of change. We gave him the responsibility of leading 28 senators and he failed. Anger will not take him far,” said Mbadi during a press conference.

“He is taking too long to heal; he needs to accept that he is no longer a Minority Leader in the Senate. Throwing tantrums like a primary kid will not help him.”

The Suba South MP further accused Wetangula of disparaging their party leader Raila Odinga, labeling him a coward for skipping the controversial Uhuru Park ‘swearing-in.’

“Wetangula is not a friend one needs, he is the least man to talk about betrayal. He lacks political clout to be consulted on national issues,” added Mbadi.

Senator Malala, on his part, faulted the Ford-Kenya leader for thinking that his supposed exit from the opposition coalition would lead to the exit of fellow leaders from the Western region.

“This thing of principals must stop, how can Wetangula think that he is an equal to Raila Odinga?” posed Malala.

Junet Mohammed, on his part, said: “If I don’t get letters from members of Ford-Kenya, especially the leadership, disassociating themselves with Wetangula’s sentiments then action will be taken.”

The comments from the opposition-allied leaders came on the backdrop of the NASA co-principal’s Tuesday night interview on Citizen TV where he accused three prominent Kenyan families of monopolising the country’s leadership.

“Everyone knows that there are families; the Mois, Odingas and Kenyattas, who must be at the centre of everything. There are some of us capable of running this country,” he told Hussein Mohammed on the News Night show.

Wetangula’s outburst followed a pronouncement he made in Machakos last week that NASA is moribund and history should not repeat itself.

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