NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 22 – The fight against corruption and the resolution of historical injustices will form a key part of the agenda of the Opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) which has now been formalised.
While reading a statement on behalf of his co-principals, Ford Kenya leader Moses Wetangula stated that if elected into office, no NASA official will be allowed to do business with the government either directly or indirectly to prevent conflict of interest and reduce graft.
He further stated the NASA Coalition is committed to strengthening devolution by transferring all functions and resources to the counties.
“The NASA Government will surrender to the counties all functions the Jubilee Government has withheld,” he declared.
Wetangula noted that the coalition agreement is not a power sharing deal but is instead coming together based on shared ideologies.
“Upon the signing of this agreement and its lodging with the Registrar of Parties today, the NASA coalition will be both a political and legal reality,” he said. “The coalition agreement that we are signing today is first and foremost our agenda for the nation. This is not a formula for sharing power and dishing out positions.”
He stated that they will institute national dialogue so that Kenyans can talk to each other and agree on how to deal with the issues that divide them.
He explained that the coalition will strive to reduce the threat of tribalism which is prevalent in the country.
“We need to come out of denial and accept that tribalism is tearing our nation apart. We as the NASA coalition believe that this is one of the most critical threats to our nation. We need to confront this scourge honestly and boldly,” he said.
He was speaking during the signing and unveiling of a coalition agreement between the four main Opposition parties which will be publicly unveiled during a rally in Eldoret this Saturday.
“For anybody who thought that NASA is just a dream, please today wake up because NASA is here and the journey has began and from about two o’clock today, NASA will be properly registered under the Political Parties Act,” Siaya Senator James Orengo stated.
Former Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi’s Amani National Congress also joined forces with former Premier Raila Odinga’s ODM and former Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka’s Wiper together with Senator Moses Wetangula’s Ford Kenya.
Odinga described it as a coalition of Kenyans who want change in the country with Amani leader Mudavadi on his part stating that NASA stands for peace.
Wiper leader Musyoka who also spoke during the occasion described it as a milestone as many people did not expect them to go far. “Shakespeare said there’s a tide in the affairs of men; this now is a high tide.”
Musyoka noted that this was the last and final liberation which will instil the spirit of nationalism, brotherhood.
“We are guided by the principle of good faith. We hope Kenyans are going to walk with us,” he stated.
Following the signing ceremony, the Secretary Generals of the constituent parties were expected to deposit the agreement with the Registrar of political parties.
KANU Secretary General Nick Salat was nowhere to be seen despite his visibility at the inception of the alliance.