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Monday, 13 Mar 2017 12:20 EATnmuthoni@kenyafreepress.com
The technical committee working on the framework for identifying the National Super Alliance (NASA) flagbearer has finalised its work but its members cannot agree on the name of the individual to take the coalition's leadership, we can authoritatively report.
As this website reported three weeks ago, the committee members had agreed on a formula for identifying the alliance's candidate that was widely seen as favouring the presidential candidature of ODM leader Raila Odinga as the most suitable for the coalition's leadership. However, subsequent to that some committee members allied to Wiper Democratic Movement and Ford-Kenya have refused to endorse the finding.
"It is a matter of process. The committee's work was very systematic and they agreed on all the framework for identifying the candidate. Now they have to apply that formula in naming a candidate and only three members of the committee have rejected the findings, which means there is a deadlock since all committee members are required to agree on their recommendations," said a source close to the committee.
With the news about the committee's split spilling into the open, the tensions that have flared between Mr Odinga and his partners Kalonzo Musyoka, Moses Wetangula and Musalia Mudavadi are likely to escalate ahead of the committee's submission of its report NASA coordinating committee comprised of 11 politicians.
The coordinating committee is jointly led by Senators James Orengo (Siaya, ODM) and Johnstone Muthama (Machakos, WDM) and also includes Senators Bonny Khalwale (Kakamega, Ford-K) and Agnes Zani (Nominated, ODM), as well as MPs Sakwa Bunyasi (Nambale, ANC), Francis Nyenze (Kitui West, Wiper), Eseli Simiyu (Tongaren, Ford-K), Chris Wamalwa (Kiminini, Ford-K), Timothy Bosire (Kitutu-Masaba, ODM and non-elected leaders Farah Maalim and Kipruto arap Kirwa from WDM and ANC respectively.