April 27th 2017

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Intra-NASA Coast war escalates as Kalonzo to receive more ODM defectors

In joining WDM, the former minister also schemed to benefit from the sizable community vote bloc which constitutes approximately 30 percent of the voters in Kwale County. Mr Musyoka has assured Mr Mwakwere of an automatic nomination as the Wiper candidate.

By Free Press Correspondentnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comThursday, 09 Mar 2017 12:13 EAT

(R-L): Mr Musyoka receives former cabinet minister Mwakwere to the party as WDM secretary general Hassan Omar looks.

Wiper Party leader and NASA co-principal Kalonzo Musyoka returns to the Coast region this weekend to consolidate his party as well as popularize the opposition outfit after receiving the region’s senior politician and immediate former Kenyan envoy to Tanzania Chirau Ali Mwakwere.

The former Vice President will lead Wiper caravan to two counties, Kilifi and Kwale, starting Saturday through Monday, according to Wiper Executive Director Dr Jared Siso. “Attention……To all Wiper Leaders and Kenyans of goodwill. This is to let you know that our party leader H.E SKM will lead the Wiper caravan to two coastal counties for party and NASA popularization campaigns.

"On 11th and 12th March 2017 he will be in Kilifi and on 13th March 2017 (Monday) he will be in Kwale County. You’re kindly invited to join Captain Stevo in this grand walk towards the final liberation of our nation. Yes, from Jubilee clueless leadership…….NASA hao….NASA ukabila…..NASA corruption….Stevo NASA wote”, said part of Siso’s invite.

Mr Musyoka’s tour of the Coast region comes in the heels of last week’s defection of former cabinet minister Ali Chirau Mwakwere to his Wiper party, following the hostility the former minister met in his brief stint in ODM. This website reported that Mr Mwakwere’s defection was informed by his fear about the fairness in ODM party nominations.

In joining WDM, the former minister also schemed to benefit from the sizable community vote bloc which constitutes approximately 30 percent of the voters in Kwale County. Mr Musyoka has assured Mr Mwakwere of an automatic nomination as the Wiper candidate.

On the ODM side, the race is packed with political heavyweights seeking dethrone Governor Salim Mvurya, among them Kwale ODM vice chairman Nicholas Zani, County Assembly Speaker Sammy Ruwa, former Permanent Secretary Mohammed Mwarapayo, Mr Gereza Dena and Mr Issa Chipera.

Mr Musyoka is expected to receive several ODM defectors in Kilifi, Kwale and Mombasa during his tour, according to Wiper Party sources. Some of the aspirants include candidates who claim they have been 'rigged' out of ODM nominations in 2007 and 2013 elections and would not like to take part in the party's primaries again.

"The coming of Wiper has given many aspirants hope to be on the ballot," said the source from Kilifi who insisted that Wiper Party candidates will go all the way to the ballot box.

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