Nasa principals fail to agree after night talks
Monday April 10 2017
National Super Alliance (Nasa) co-principals did not agree on a preferred flag bearer after Sunday night talks, Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka has said.
Overnight discussions by the Opposition leaders at Vipingo Ridge involved strategising on how to dislodge Jubilee administration from power in the August polls.
Addressing a rally in Kanamai Majengo in Kilifi after opening a Wiper Party office, Mr Musyoka asked Kenyans to wait a little longer to know the coalition’s flag bearer.
“We had a meeting with my colleagues at Vipingo but it was to look at the problems in Nasa and how to tackle them and how to send Jubilee home on August 8,” Mr Musyoka said.
“Please be patient. These things need keen and sober consideration,” he added.
He called for respect for each other insisting that either of them was capable of carrying the Opposition’s flag.
Other Nasa leaders eyeing the presidency are ODM leader Raila Odinga, Ford-Kenya’s Moses Wetang’ula and Amani National Congress leader Musalia Mudavadi, but the former Vice President says he is the best bet.
“If it is Kalonzo, even Uhuru and Ruto (Deputy President William Ruto) know that they will be at home by noon on August 8,” Mr Musyoka said.
Mr Musyoka said during the Sunday night meeting, the Nasa top brigade developed measures to prevent rigging in the August ballot.
“We decided to have an election chairman assisted by four executives to man each of the 45,000 polling stations in the country,” he said adding that this was a “fresh” item from the Vipingo meeting.
“These five will have direct link and communication line to all the five principals,” he said.
He also hailed court decision to have all vote results announced in each polling station and urged supporters to take pictures and send them to Nasa headquarters on mobile application, WhatsApp.
“This will stop vote theft like it happened in 2013,” he said.
He insisted that there will be a parallel tallying centre since as it was lawful but added that IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati is mandated by law to announce the official results.
He asked IEBC to hasten the release of voters register to political parties for scrutiny.
Wiper Secretary General Hassan Omar said a Nasa government will create jobs for youths, issue tittle deeds and end marginalisation.
“Our resources at the coast have been stolen. Our land has been grabbed and we have no title deeds. If Nasa wins, we will ensure the thieves are arrested and charged in court and what they have stolen returned to the rightful owners,” he said.
He said a Nasa government will have an equal number of both men and women in top positions.