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Wednesday, 29 Mar 2017 15:04 EATjmwangangi@kenyafreepress.com
Former vice president Kalonzo Musyoka’s Wiper Party today gave the National Super National Alliance (NASA) coordinating committee seven days to name him as the flag-bearer failure of which they will abandon the alliance. The party held its NEC at Wiper House in Nairobi’s Lavington area where the seven-day ultimatum was given in a raft of other resolutions.
Secretary General and Mombasa Senator Hassan Omar addressed the press briefing after the NEC meeting attended by top party officials in the absence of Mr Musyoka. “We are giving you 7 days to name Kalonzo as the flag-bearer failure to which we will abandon the alliance”, said Mr Omar, in a statement that was read just moments after Mr Musyoka had excused himself from the meeting to avoid the press conference.
Conspicuously missing in the Wiper NEC and press briefing was Machakos Senator Johnson Muthama, who is a member of NASA coordinating committee mediating on mechanisms for identifying the joint NASA flag-bearer. Mr Muthama has repeatedly warned Mr Musyoka against abandoning NASA.
Leader of Minority in Parliament Mr Francis Nyenze who is also a member of Wiper NASA coordinating committee attended the press briefing. He had earlier addressed another press conference at Parliament buildings and issued same ultimatum to NASA team. Mr Musyoka has been under pressure from some of his allies, notably Messrs Nyenze and Mr Omar, who want him to quit NASA if he is not named the coalition's candidate.
Philip Etale, the director of communication in ODM, said after the Wiper leaders' ultimatum that "Mr Musyoka is a committed member of NASA and has maintained that he is in to stay," and it was Mr Omar and Mr Nyenzer causing the ruckus in the coalition. Barely two weeks ago, Mr Musyoka declared his commitment to pursue his political ambitions within NASA and discounted perceptions in the coalition that he was about to abandon it.
Meanwhile, Mr Musyoka yesterday led leaders from Lower Eastern region in proclaiming the 'Emali Declaration'. The Leaders irrespective of political affiliation from three Ukambani Counties of Kitui, Machakos and Makueni endorsed Mr Musyoka’s candidature in NASA.
The declaration reads as follows:
We, the leaders and people of South Eastern region congregated here at Emali town Makueni County on 28th day of March, 2017 do hereby declare the following:
1). We will from now henceforth speak with one voice on matters of socio-economic and political issues affecting us for negotiations at the national level,
2). We as the United leadership, recognizing that the dignity of our community is interwoven with our dignity `.we have resolved to be steadfast in its full realization,
3). In 2017, we will put our votes in one basket within the formidable NASA coalition which promises transformation for Kenya. We know only NASA will liberate Kenya from bad politics and underdevelopment,
4). Having resolved so, any insinuation to the contrary on our leader will be construed as an insult to the community,
5). We, the leaders of south eastern region congregated have dully endorsed H. E Dr Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka as our presidential candidate under NASA coalition and ask other Kenyans to do so,
6). We request the south eastern economic block and the Ukambani inter faith sector to prepare an economic blueprint for negotiations at national level.
Additional reporting by Nyambura Muthoni