May 23rd 2017

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Raila, Kalonzo take unity plea in Wajir rally as anxiety grips supporters over alliance

"The unity of NASA heralds the end of Jubilee misrule. A NASA government will be the most inclusive, representative, equitable government since independence. I urge all leaders, the people of Wajir and Kenya at large, not to squander this opportunity of finally setting this country on the correct pa

By Free Press Correspondentnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comSaturday, 01 Apr 2017 21:05 EAT

(L-R): Hassan Joho, Musalia Mudavadi, Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka, Governor Ahmed Mohamed, Moses Wetangula, Farah Maalim and Chris Wamalwa in a group photo before they addressed the Wajir rally.

Opposition NASA leaders Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka, Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Wetangula put up a show of unity this afternoon at a rally at Wajir Stadium, Wajir Town, northern Kenya, where they rededicated themselves to uniting to dislodge the Jubilee government from power.

The four leaders addressed a rally hosted by Governor Ahmed Mohamed, a member of Mr Odinga's ODM party who is facing a tough re-election campaign following the defection of all but one of the party's elected MPs from the region to the Jubilee Party. The rally was symbolic for NASA supporters in Wajir County as much as their national compatriots.

ODM deputy party leader Ali Hassan Joho, Wiper Party deputy leader Farah Maalim and Kiminini MP Chris Wamalwa of Ford-Kenya, all of whom are top allies of their party leaders, also addressed the rally, about which Mr Musyoka had spoken yesterday when he restated his commitment to the coalition after a week of reporting that he could defect to Jubilee.

Mr Odinga announced a development programme in which the former Northern Frontier District (as the entire arid northern region was known during the colonial era) would be developed. "A NASA Government will restore dignity to the Somali community as equal stakeholders in the Kenyan republic," he said. He also pledged a full implementation of the Truth, Justice and Reconcialtion Commission report when NASA comes to power.

Protocol for the meeting smoothly, with Mr Wetangula speaking first among the principals then inviting Mr Mudavadi, who in turn spoke ahead of Mr Musyoka, before the former vice president left the platform for Mr Odinga to address the gathering. The team also atttended a cultural event at the town before the rally, which was not well attended even by the standards of sparsely-populated Wajir.

Mr Musyoka, Mr Mudavadi and Mr Wetangula addressed the subject of their differences directly, saying they would overcome the divergences the technical team working on the arrangement has experienced when they get to determine the best combination for the ticket as the principals.

Joho said: "The unity of NASA heralds the end of Jubilee misrule. A NASA government will be the most inclusive, representative, equitable government since independence. I urge all leaders, the people of Wajir and Kenya at large, not to squander this opportunity of finally setting this country on the correct path."

The meeting came on the heels of anxiety by the coalition's supporters that the leaders go go their seperate ways ahead of the elections.

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