Wetangula: It’s over between me and Raila


Wetangula: It's over between me and Raila
Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula (Left) and Opposition leader Raila Odinga.

In Summary

  • Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula says he has parted ways with NASA co-principal Raila Odinga.
  • Wetangula on Saturday said his decision had been informed by recent developments within the opposition alliance and consultations with elders from the Luhya community.
  • The four NASA principals have been at loggerheads on issues of common interest with Kalonzo Musyoka and Musalia Mudavadi dissatisfied with Wetangula’s ouster from Senate leadership.

Trouble within the National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition continue to deepen with Ford Kenya Party Leader and Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula now saying he has parted ways with NASA co-principal Raila Odinga.

Speaking in Bungoma, Wetangula on Saturday said his decision had been informed by recent developments within the opposition alliance and consultations with elders from the Luhya community that have asked him to concentrate on promoting Luhya unity.

Since his ouster as Senate Minority leader, Wetangula has been on a warpath in what he promised 0to be a painful revenge for his ejection from the Senate leadership.

Even though Odinga had sought to salvage Wetangula’s political trajectory by calling for a retreat of NASA senators, Wetangula eventually threw in the towel and decided to move on. And moving on he is.

“For my friend Raila, mimi sina chuki na wewe lakini safari yetu na wewe imekuisha. Mimi sasa niko na safari yangu….(For my friend Raila Odinga, I have no hatred with you but our journey together is over. I have my own course now),” said Wetangula

This comes as a culmination of a bitter experience that has been ongoing for the past few weeks, Wetangula saying that his mistreatment in the Senate came as no surprise and that it is a habit Odinga has had. But he is confident that he shall rise.

Ile fimbo Raila alinichapa juzi ni ile ile alichapa Wamalwa, Kalonzo, Ruto na wote baadae wakakua Vice President. Sasa amechapa Wetangula. Mimi nitaruka hata kuliko wale watatu…. (How Raila treated me recently is exactly what he did to Wamalwa, Kalonzo and Ruto. Afterwards they all rose to become vice presidents. In my case I will surpass them and rise even higher,” said Wetangula.

The four NASA principals have been at loggerheads on issues of common interest with Kalonzo Musyoka and Musalia Mudavadi dissatisfied with Wetangula’s ouster from Senate leadership.

The mending of fences between Presiden Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga has also thrown them off-balance with the trio preferring that NASA retains its independence as an opposition outfit.

Earlier this week, Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka announced his intention to rebrand Wiper into One Kenya Movement with no mention of fate of NASA.

While Mudavadi hasn’t declared position on NASA neither rebranded his ANC party, he has been preaching Luhya unity alongside Wetangula.

“We cannot allow our community to be the ladder on which people climb to the top and wakifika huko juu wanaanza kutokojolea hapa chini,” said Wetangula.

Wetangula was speaking at a funeral in Nalondo, Kanduyio Constituency in Bungoma.

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