Western MPs Reject Raila's Plan

  • A section of MPs allied to the National Super Alliance (NASA) in the western region has stated that Kalonzo Musyoka will not be an automatic pick for the Opposition in 2022.

    Their sentiments come just two days after NASA leader Raila Odinga endorsed Musyoka's bid as the coalition's flag bearer in the next election.

    Led by Khwisero MP Christopher Aseka and his Lugari counterpart Ayub Savula, the legislators stated that they never entered such an agreement.

    “We did not enter into an agreement of supporting Kalonzo candidature in 2022 since we will be fronting Musalia Mudavadi as NASA presidential candidate.

    [caption caption="NASA Co-principal Musalia Mudavadi"][/caption]

    “Mudavadi is the brainchild of NASA and we cannot allow being shortchanged this time round.

    "Mudavadi is a man whose time to marry has come and he will marry the Presidency. We cannot postpone the marriage,” Aseka was quoted by the Standard.

    Savula shared a similar opinion stating that ODM shortchanged Amani National Congress (ANC) and Ford Kenya in the distribution of house leadership seats recently.

    He also reiterated that Mudavadi was the best candidate to wrestle power from Jubilee Party.

    “Mudavadi is the only formidable candidate to wrestle power from Jubilee Party in 2022. Any agreement we will be entering into, Mudavadi must the flagbearer,” he asserted.

    Last week, Odinga appeared to state that Kalonzo would take over the mantle in 2022.

    Speaking at a rally in Machakos, the former Prime Minister assured Makueni Governor Prof Kivutha Kibwana that Mr Musyoka will be the opposition's flagbearer in the next election. 

    “Professor Kibwana, we are still in hot pursuit of our antelope that was stolen from us by Uhuru and Ruto in the August 8 polls.

    "The 2022 antelope will be captured by Kalonzo and will slaughter for Kenyans to eat and he has our full backing,” remarked Odinga. 

    [caption caption="File Photo of Raila Odinga "][/caption]