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Namwamba wants Nasa barred from using the star symbol

Problems bedevilling Nasa escalated on Tuesday after Budalang’i MP Ababu Namwamba accused it of illegally using his party’s symbol.

Mr Namwamba said the Labour Party of Kenya had reserved the use of a star as its symbol and had formally complained to the Registrar of Political Parties against Nasa.
Mr Namwamba wants Nasa blocked from using the symbol of the star.

The controversy over the Nasa symbol comes only a week after a non-governmental organisation, Northern Advocacy for Sustainable Agriculture, asked a court to stop Nasa from using the acronym.

The Opposition team is staring at a crisis should it to be forced to change its name or symbol 124 days to the elections.

WILL NOT CHANGE NAME

Nasa principals Raila Odinga of ODM, Musalia Mudavadi of Amani National Congress, Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper party) and Ford-Kenya’s Moses Wetang’ula on Saturday said they will not change their name.

“In Kenya, we have the National Olympic Committee of Kenya and the National Oil Corporation of Kenya, both with the acronym Nock. Have you seen any of them take the other to court?” asked Mr Mudavadi in a rally in Wajir.

The agricultural outfit’s chairman, Mr Martin Nkari, said in a sworn affidavit that since the political alliance came into being, most donors have withdrawn support.

In a media briefing on Tuesday, where Mr Namwamba unveiled the party’s national elections and the appeals board, the Budalang’i MP described as unconstitutional and a recipe for chaos, Nasa’s plan to have a parallel tallying centre.

SCORES INJURED

“The role of tallying presidential votes is that of the IEBC, and not anyone else’s,” said Mr Namwamba.

In its statement, the party also warned against cases of violence seen ahead of the nominations, with the latest being in Migori where Mombasa governor Hassan Joho’s bodyguard was shot in the leg and scores were injured when supporters of Governor Okoth Obado and those of Suna East MP Junet Mohamed clashed.

“We condemn the political violence and urge the concerned political parties and the law enforcement agencies to deal with the culprits,” he said.

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