, NAIROBI, Kenya, April 11 – The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) says a leaked report from the National Super Alliance (NASA) National Coordinating Committee that proposes a Raila Odinga-Kalonzo Musyoka ticket for the August General Election is accurate.
In the report, Amani National Congress leader was to become the Chief Minister and Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula National Assembly Speaker if they manage to capture power from the Jubilee Government.
ODM acting Secretary General Agnes Zani says the line-up that was published in the media is valid while dismissing her counterpart in the Amani National Congress Geoffrey Otsotsi’s sentiments over the report.
“Clarification has to be made, that the report was valid and existent. NCC had been mandated to come up with that report and we did. That report leaked out in the form that the media presented… the line-up presented had been agreed on in the committee,” Zani said in a statement to newsrooms Tuesday.
ANC had dismissed the leaked report as fake saying no consensus was yet to be reached upon on who should face President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto.
Zani says it is now up to the four principals to agree on the report.
“The sentiments by ANC SG Mr Geoffrey Otsotsi are skewed. The assertion that there is no report is not accurate. That report and other processes were to be furthered on by the principals, in next stages as was to be determined by our principals,” she added.
“The NASA NCC did come up with the report. Various methods were applied to attain objectivity through joint effort. Through triangulation, members did the task they had been assigned to do in the committee. The report was inputted into by members of the committee at a meeting that had quorum rules adhered to. Soon after, the committee was to share the report with the principals for consultation and further agreement.”
This comes a day after a section of ANC supporters protested over the leaked report, demanding that Mudavadi be named the NASA flag bearer.
The supporters who were drawn from the Bungoma, Kakamega and Trans Nzoia Amani National Congress (ANC) branches, aboard boda boda’s, occupied Kakamega streets carrying placards that for instance read “Chief Minister ni wewe” in response to revelations that a report commissioned by the NASA principals did not recommend Mudavadi’s selection as their presidential flag bearer.
“As the Luhya nation and the ANC fraternity, we’re giving an ultimatum to the NASA principals that we shall not accept anything else than the presidency; the issue of Chief Minister is a non-issue because it is not even enshrined in the Constitution of Kenya. We are saying we want a constitutional office and the constitutional office that the Luhya nation is eyeing in the Presidency.”
While another demonstrator put it this way: “You cannot come to somebody’s house (NASA) and enter the bedroom. CORD should produce one candidate and as the owners of the house, our person is Wycliffe Musalia Mudavadi.”
Only a few weeks ago, Wiper Democratic Movement member and Leader of the Minority in the National Assembly Francis Nyenze also issued an ultimatum of his own to the effect that if his party leader Kalonzo Musyoka was not named presidential flag-bearer, the Kamba community would abandon the NASA ship.
“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.”
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Musyoka later defended Nyenze arguing that he should not be “vilified” for having an opinion given Orange Democratic Movement leader Ali Hassan Joho and Suna East MP Junet Mohamed had expressed similar sentiments where their party leader Raila Odinga is concerned.
The principals have vowed to stay united despite ‘the heat’ in the process of picking a lead team.