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Thursday, 16 Mar 2017 16:20 EATnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.com
Wiper Party leader Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka today submitted his presidential nomination papers to the party’s National Election Board (NEB) clearing the way for his ambition of being the National Super Alliance (NASA) flag bearer. The move alarmed many opposition supporters, with bloggers speculating that the former vice president could bolt out of the coalition.
Mr Musyoka's presentation of the papers came hot on the heels of what his allies have termed "unfounded rumours" that he was being lobbied to ditch the opposition for the ruling Jubilee Party. Mr Musyoka "has no interest whatsoever in joining Jubilee," a top ally of the Wiper leader told this website, speaking on condition of anonymty.
Having been endorsed by the Wiper NEB as the party’s presidential candidate, Mr Musyoka will use his position to vie for the presidency under NASA alliance, where his partners Raila Odinga (ODM), Musalia Mudavadi (ANC) and Moses Wetangula (Ford-Kenya) have also got their parties' endorsements.
"The Wiper presidential endorsement is part of the party's electoral mechanism which requires Wiper to field candidates for all electoral offices unless the party organs mandate otherwise," said the source. Mr Musyoka was the only Wiper member who declared his interest for nomination as a presidential candidate.
Mr Musyoka was proposed as Wiper presidential candidate by party chairman who is also the Kitui Senator David Musila and seconded by Nyali MP Hezron Awiti, who is the party's treasurer. The papers were received by Wiper NEB chairman Hassan Sheikh Ali.
"Now he is free to engage with other NASA principals after complying with Wiper party constitution. This is an exercise every candidate who will participate in the forthcoming elections must meet”, said the party insider who revealed to this website that the former VP was fighting for a bigger stake in NASA.
The party source said the former VP was determined to deliver his supporters to whoever will be nominated by the coalition, but he wants a better deal for his party in regions where the party has sizeable supporters even if it can't win seats on its own.
The NASA Coordinating Committee has faced hurdles in its work to ensure the joint opposition flag bearer was the best suited candidate to clinch victory for the opposition. And with Mr Msuyoka now cleared by his Wiper party, he is ready for being crowned NASA candidate.