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Sunday, 20 Nov 2016 18:35 EATnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.com
A political rally to welcome Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto home after two weeks of hospitalisation in South Africa brought together opposition and Kanu politicians but fell short of announcing the start of talks for the formation of a super alliance. A number of CORD leaders including the coalition's number two, former Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka, joined Kanu leaders at the thanksgiving rally at Bomet Green Stadium in Bomet Town.
CORD leader Raila Odinga, however, did not attend, instead heading to Narok County for the homecoming of Anglican Archbishop His Grace Jackson Ole Sapit. Raila's absence was felt even though he was represented by Mr Musyoka and his close allies John Mbadi (MP for Suba), and governors Jack Ranguma (Kisumu) and Wycliffe Oparanya (Kakamega). Amani National Congress leader Musalia Mudavadi was present.
From the Rift Valley came allies of Governor Ruto including Baringo Senator Gideon Moi, and MPs Zakayo Cheruiyot (Kuresoi South) and Johanna Ngeno (Emurua Dikirr). Kanu secretary general Nick Salat, who is also from Bomet County, attended the event that graced by thousands of people. The stadium filled to capacity as the governor sought to show his might ahead
Speakers at the event took issue with corruption in the Jubilee government and declared their readiness to unite to ensure President Uhuru Kenyatta loses re-election in the next elections. Media reports had indicated ahead of the event that the leaders would use the rally to announce the creation of a National Super Alliance (NASA) to bring together opposition leaders, but this was never to be.
Mr Mudavadi is the one who spoke most about the alliance, using the Kiswahili iteration of NASA to promise the opposition's commitment to bring to justice corruption suspects in NYS, Afya House and other recent scandals that have beset the Jubilee government. "Once NASA is in power, all the people who have looted public funds will be brought to account," he said, using the word naswa in Kiswahili.
Correction: An early version of this article indicated that Machakos Senator Johnstone Muthama was present at the event. He was not.