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Mudavadi supporters' demo sparks fears over state infiltration of NASA alliance

"The organisers of this demo are basically enemies of the Luhya community and Hon Mudavadi who are working for the isolation of the community. We in opposition have one enemy called Jubilee. And anyone creating disharmony is an accomplice," said Nabii Nabwera.

By Free Press Correspondentnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comMonday, 10 Apr 2017 18:03 EAT

Some of ANC local leaders who organised the protest.

Opposition leaders from western Kenya have expressed concern about infiltration of the NASA coalition after supposed supporters of Amani National Congress (ANC) leader Musalia Mudavadi held a march in Kakamega Town to press for the former vice president's nomination as the NASA presidential candidate.

The rally was staged by some of the former VP's well-known supporters from the town, but senior leaders expressed shock that it had taken place and said they would support Mr Mudavadi's nomination by NASA without resort to public demos.

However, those who addressed the rally gave fiery speeches in defence of the Luyia community and asserted that CORD leader Raila Odinga (who is popularly believed to be the presumptive NASA presidential candidate) of "misusing" the community's leaders.

"Chief Minister Ni Wewe (We don't need a post of chief minister)," read a prominent banner at the demo, a warning against NASA leaders who have slated Mr Mudavadi for the position of a chief minister in the coalition, behind Mr Odinga and former vice president Kalonzo Musyoka who are to become the presidential and vice presidential candidates.

Some NASA supporters in the region expressed concern that Mr Odinga and Mr Musyoka had endured a hard four years building their alliance to which Mr Mudavadi had come at a later time yet his supporters were underming the coalition through demands that he becomes the candidate.

"I must say as a Luhya that the organisers of this demonstrations are basically enemies of the Luhya community and NASA principal Musalia Mudavadi who are working for the isolation of the community. We in opposition have one enemy called Jubilee. And anyone creating disharmony is an accomplice," said Nabii Nabwera, the ODM candidate for Lugari parliamentary seat.

A spokesman for Mr Mudavadi reached by the Kenya Free Press declined to discuss the demo, only saying that party members had the right to express themselves the best way they thought. "We can't control party supporters," he said.

Activists from western Kenya expressed concern at the rally, with Mr Kavolo Khwa-Kulova saying, "That was too low for ANC. Jubilee sympathizers in ANC and Wiper have been a challenge to NASA. Mulembe nation is in NASA to stay, with or without Musalia..they can rewind the 2013 politics if they have little grasp of our politics."

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