Raila's allies brush off three NASA co-principals over Uhuru deal
10 months ago, 12 Mar 00:14
Three Opposition chiefs have insisted that Raila Odinga should brief them about the deal with President Uhuru Kenyatta even as the ODM leader's allies declared that there was no turning back from the rapprochement. On Sunday, Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka, Amani National Congress (ANC) leader Musalia Mudavadi, and Ford Kenya’s Moses Wetang’ula, whom reports indicated were set to meet last evening, said Raila had not talked with them since Friday’s surprise development. The three said they expected Raila to explain his surprise deal with Uhuru at a meeting of the National Super Alliance (NASA) co-principals due today. They claimed that the deal was done behind their backs. There were no confirmations, however, whether Raila would attend today’s meeting as it emerged that he was planning to travel to Tanzania for a four-day visit to his friend, President John Pombe Magufuli. But Wetang’ula said the summit would go on whether Raila attended or not and declared that the other co-principals were not short of political options 'moving forward'. The Senate Minority Leader said Raila had kept them in the dark on the meeting with the President since 'you know very well we are not part of their families', in reference to reports that close family members of the two leaders played a key role in negotiating the deal. “We agreed to meet, we have set a venue and agreed on the time. Whether he turns up or not, the meeting will go on because we have a quorum of three. He (Raila) has not talked to me or Musalia. I am not sure whether he has spoken to Kalonzo,” said Wetang’ula on the phone. Mudavadi said the three co-principals felt betrayed by Raila’s actions and might decide to chart their political future without him. “Raila did not just leave us out. He never discussed his intended move with any of us,” Mudavadi said. He said he was disappointed as the turn of events had left the fight for reforms pending. “Personally I am extremely disappointed. But it’s confounding just how Kenyans must feel and wonder about the reason for his volte-face (abrupt about-turn) from the path of seeking justice. It is as if suddenly all the injustices committed against Kenyans are worth his station near the seat of power,” Mudavadi said. Wetang’ula accused Raila of 'betraying' the aspirations of millions of NASA supporters, whom he said had suffered police brutality by State machinery. “The aspirations of our millions of supporters that have died for the course, suffered the brunt of police bullets, tear gas among other State atrocities have all gone up in smoke,” he complained. He said he and the other co-principals would continue pushing for electoral justice, reform in the Police Service, and independence of the Judiciary. Kalonzo did not return our calls, but his deputy, Farah Maalim, said they would ask Raila to explain to them his decision to work with Uhuru during today's meeting. “We intend to ask Raila to come clean about the meeting with Uhuru. ...
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