Pick Kalonzo or we bolt into space from NASA – Nyenze

March 29, 2017 (5 weeks ago) 5:25 pm
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Addressing journalists on Wednesday, Nyenze protested at continued delay to name a flag bearer, saying it could be a scheme to lock some candidates out of the August poll/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 29 – The Wiper Democratic Movement will go it alone if its leader Kalonzo Musyoka is not named NASA flag bearer, National Assembly Minority Leader Francis Nyenze has warned.

Addressing journalists on Wednesday, Nyenze protested at continued delay to name a flag bearer, saying it could be a scheme to lock some candidates out of the August poll.

“We are saying we are getting tired since time is running out and it looks like it is a scheme to wait until the last minute to lock out any other presidential candidate. Honourable Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka has suffered a lot of humiliation under some party in the Opposition,” the legislator said.

“He has been called a watermelon, but like Jesus before Pontius Pilate he has kept quiet, he has taken the trash but now he cannot take it any longer. The Kambas have reached an edge whereby if it is not Kalonzo we will go it alone.”

He said the 2013 Memorandum of Understanding between ODM leader Raila Odinga and the former Vice President must be honoured.

According to Nyenze, it is Odinga’s turn to support Musyoka as per the MoU, but says their counterparts in ODM have been dismissing it after they joined NASA.

“We don’t have to keep meeting and even if we meet a hundred times, we will not agree until the MoU is honoured. If they say it is dead, then we also suspect the change of name from CORD which we all loved was to stop the Kamba clamour and asking for the flag bearer position. Because of that demand, whenever we are set to meet, the meeting is postponed,” he revealed.

“That will be the end of NASA and that is why I am saying it should change to something like Nyanza Super Alliance because we will pull out.”

He spoke of frustrations in the technical committee set to pick a candidate in what they say is, “fear of the question of the MoU.”

Nyenze insisted the 2013 MoU must be honoured since “this is the last chance and we cannot go in circles trying to move out. Kalonzo has to be on the ballot box when elections are held.”

He said what was holding Musyoka back was only that he was a “good Christian… Enough is enough now! We will not play second fiddle to anybody. Let ODM deliver on the promises they made to us in 2013.”

NASA principals have been dismissing the emerging cracks in the newly formed coalition saying it was healthy competition, which is allowed.

During a recent meeting, Musyoka changed his tone saying he was no longer willing to be diplomatic about his presidential ambitions.

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