Coast NASA MPs reject calls to quit
5 Dec 2017 15:21
NASA MPs at the Coast have turned down an invitation by Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala and Kilifi politician Gideon Mung’aro to abandon opposition chief Raila Odinga and work with President Uhuru Kenyatta following alleged frustration. Kilifi North MP Mr Owen Baya, Mr Benjamin Tayari (Kinango), Ms Mishi Mboko (Likoni) and Mr Paul Katana of Kaloleni said there was more democratic space in NASA than in Jubilee Party and hence they will not switch political camps. Mr Balala and Mr Mung’aro were riding on the recent discontent between the Coast NASA MPs and their leader over a controversial list of parliamentary posts where the Coast region was not allocated any of the key positions. “We are in ODM and NASA to stay but we will fight more for space for the Coast region. Nothing comes without fighting. NASA coalition is more democratic than Jubilee,” Dr Baya said. Mr Tayari, Mr Katana and Ms Mboko said they have more room to air grievances in NASA and ODM than in other parties allegedly controlled by single individuals. “We demanded fairness because Coast has many ODM MPs and deserved a good share but we do not intend to quit the party,” Tayari explained. In the controversial list, Ford Kenya leader Moses Wetangula was named Senate Minority Leader, James Orengo (Deputy Senate Minority Leader), John Mbadi (National Assembly Minority leader) and Robert Mbui (National Assembly Deputy Minority leader). Others were Mutula Kilonzo Jnr as Senate Minority Whip, Ms Petronilla Were as Senate Deputy Minority Whip, Junet Mohamed (National Assembly Whip) and Chris Wamalwa as National Assembly Deputy Minority Whip. Balala and Mung’aro separately urged Coast MPs to join the Jubilee Party following their dissatisfaction with the sharing of positions in Parliament. Balala is the Jubilee Party point man in Coast claimed the Government side would cater for their own interests and those of the National Assembly. He cautioned the NASA MPs from the region that the more they remained in the Opposition the more they were going to suffer under NASA leader Raila Odinga. “We are ready to sacrifice JP’s 10 slots in Parliament for ten aggrieved Opposition legislators as long they serve the Government,” Balala said. Mung’aro who once served as ODM minority whip told ODM legislators who were not happy in their party to join him in Jubilee and work with deputy president William Ruto for his 2022 victory. Mug’aro said the latest intimidation for NASA leaders from the region was a clear indication that they have no place in the Opposition coalition and it was time they realigned themselves with Jubilee Party ahead of 2022 General Election. NASA, he said has little regards for Coast leaders and as they would never get anything good for their loyalty in the opposition coalition. “I welcome the Members of Parliament to join Jubilee Party. We form a partnership with Deputy President William Ruto ahead of his 2022 presidential bid,’’ Mung’aro said. Mr Katana said Coast legislators aired their views freely about the parliamentary positions because ...
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