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Mudavadi cautions against running for presidency independently

Mr Mudavadi spoke as the Nasa coordinating committee denied fears that the new coalition is disintegrating due to differences over the flagbearer.

National Super Alliance (Nasa) co-principal Musalia Mudavadi on Thursday cautioned his colleagues against bolting out to run independently for the presidency.

The Amani National Congress leader, in a statement, described Nasa as a peoples’ movement whose course would not be diverted by an action of a single leader. He insisted that Nasa was united and none of the four co-principals can contemplate “jettisoning.”

“Nasa is a people’s movement. It is not built on personalities. We may symbolise Nasa but we aren’t Nasa,” he said.

Mr Mudavadi said Nasa was the solution to the problems the country was currently facing.

Nasa coordinating committee co-chairmen Siaya Senator James Orengo and Nambale MP John Bunyasi called a press conference at Lonrho House in Nairobi.

Mr Orengo said there was no dispute over a previous memorandum of understanding between ODM leader Raila Odinga and Wiper Democratic Movement leader Kalonzo Musyoka.

“I am the only custodian of that MoU. It was never presented before the registrar of political parties,” Mr Orengo said.

Mr Orengo said that the dispute in Nasa was being blown out of proportion. He added that even Kitui West MP Francis Nyenze was misquoted to create an impression that there was turmoil in the coalition.

He announced that Mr Kalonzo, Mr Mudavadi and Mr Wetang’ula of Ford Kenya will this weekend lead a Nasa rally in Kitengela even as the search for the joint presidential candidate continues.

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He said the Kitengela rally is being coordinated by the Nasa leadership in Kajiado led by governor David Nkedianye. Mr Orengo also announced that the coalition will hold a rally in Nairobi on Wednesday next week.

And on Sunday the Nasa brigade will troop to the Coast for a rally in Mombasa that will have Mr Odinga and the other principals.

The rally will be a reaction to one held by President Kenyatta in Mombasa that saw 13 MPs cross over to Jubilee.

Mr Orengo also said that Nasa will in the next few days unveil its secretariat and the elections board.

Speaking on picking a presidential candidate, Mr Bunyasi said: “We are making positive strides.”

He said that the committee has been briefing the principals directly. “We urge our supporters to be patient we are doing a good job,” he said.

The team is said to have failed to achieve consensus on joint nominations raising speculations on progress.

A member of the committee seconded by Wiper Democratic Movement has been accused of derailing the talks by engaging in destructive dialogue.

ODM national Treasurer Timothy Bosire said: “Anyone who withdraws will be viewed as denying Kenyans their destiny.”

Mr Mudavadi said public officials will be made to declare their wealth publicly as part of lifestyle audit.

“We will change the current safeguards that allow archiving of wealth declarations. The public will have access to this information,” he said.

He said this was part of the strength that will ensure he gets the Nasa ticket because he offers trust, honesty and integrity in leadership.

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