Wiper deputy party leader Farah Maalim has revealed that there is an imminent fall out within the coalition. This is in a fresh debate as to whether the coalition is falling apart following Raila Odinga’s swearing-in on January 30 or not.
According to Mr Maalim Kalonzo, Ford Kenya’s Moses Wetang’ula and Amani National Congress (ANC)’s boss Musalia Mudavadi could be looking for a new political outfit as they strategize for 2022 elections.
On an exclusive interview on KTN on Sunday, Maalim said Kalonzo would not take oath as the “people’s deputy president” as earlier promised by the coalition. “I don’t see Kalonzo being sworn in… It is a pity… I would have loved if he (Kalonzo) had taken a firm position from the word go and said, ‘sorry I am a lawyer I don’t want to do this’,” said Maalim.
The former deputy speaker said it was Raila who insisted on the unofficial oath, a stand the other three were against which led to the trio skipping the event, raising eyebrows about their stand in the coalition. “All along, Kalonzo, Wetang’ula and Mudavadai were opposed to the idea of a swearing-in ceremony. I don’t see NASA surviving beyond that swearing-in. I also see Mudavadi, Kalonzo and Wetang’ula coming together and reaching out to Mt Kenya region. Politics has just started,” he said.
Contrarily, the wiper vice chairman Mutula Kilonzo Jnr, dismissed the claims as Maalim’s personal opinion. The Makueni Senator, however, could not confirm whether there are preparations to have Kalonzo sworn in stating that he is not part of the committee that organised Raila’s oath. “I am not aware of any decision by the party’s National Executive Council (NEC) on this issue,” he said.
Similarly, Musalia’s spokesperson Kibisu Kabatesi dismissed the falling apart claims, stating that the Uhuru Park event should not be used as an icon for unity among the four leaders. “NASA is bigger than a single event and people should know that we are moving forward to other strategies,” said Kabatesi.
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He additionally warned NASA MPs against revisiting the matter as it could be used by Jubilee to sow seeds of disunity in the Opposition coalition. “Jubilee will be happy to cannibalise NASA if we continue discussing this stale event. It will be easy for Jubilee to infiltrate NASA and plant seeds of mistrust with this kind of back and forth discussion on who attended the event or not,” he said.
But Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala insisted that Kalonzo must take the oath or else the coalition stops engaging him. “We are insisting that he must be sworn in or we stop engaging him as a member of the coalition. We have started doubting his commitment and his body language shows he is not interested in taking the oath,” said Malala.