Drama as wiper leaders beg Raila for support

  23 Mar 2018

A section of Wiper Democratic Movement Members of Parliament wants National Super Alliance (NASA) leader Raila Odinga to give them direction ahead of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s parliament address.

According to National Assembly Deputy Minority leader Robert Mbui , Orange Democratic Movement’s (ODM) decision to partner with Jubilee has left other members of the coalition in an awkward situation.
“This relationship between Uhuru and Raila has created confusion in the House. We need to have a NASA Parliamentary Group meeting before Uhuru’s address to have a way forward. We want to know whether we work together or apart,” Mbui told Star on Thursday.

He further stated that party leaders Raila, Wiper’s
Kalonzo Musyoka , Ford Kenya’s Moses Wetangula and Amani National Congress’ Musalia Mudavadi
ought to lay out a clear direction on how the members are to transact House business.
Additionally, Kathiani MP noted that members are confused since ODM has opted to work with Jubilee, but maintains it is in NASA.
“Our leaders are saying they are united despite what we are seeing. We are in an awkward position,” he asserted.
He exclaimed: “Raila should tell us how he wants NASA members to engage with Jubilee following his unilateral decision to partner with Uhuru.
“Does it mean he is going to work with him continuously? Did he mean we stop putting Jubilee on check? ” the legislator questioned.

On Wednesday, some ANC, Ford Kenya and Wiper members led by MPs Ayub Savula (Lugari), Eseli Simiyu (Tongaren) and Dan Maanzo (Makueni) publicly demanded ODM leaders holding positions in the House to relinquish them if they are not given a direction by the coalition bosses.
However, Minority leader John Mbadi dismissed claims of any split among NASA lawmakers.
“I don’t see any two NASA factions in the House. Some members may have issues and talk about them but that does not create factions. Who is leading another faction yet I’m the one leading the NASA coalition in National Assembly?” Mbadi commented.

 

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