Kalonzo Plots Exit From NASA for Jubilee Merger

  • Wiper Leader Kalonzo Musyoka during an interview on May 19, 2020.
    Wiper Leader Kalonzo Musyoka during an interview on May 19, 2020.
  • Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka has been given the green light by the party's National Executive Council (NEC) to seek coalition agreement with the ruling Jubilee party and KANU.

    The resolution that was backed by 50 NEC members during a virtual meeting held via Zoom mandated Mr. Musyoka to seal a cooperation deal, effective immediately. 

    "This Co-operation Agreement does not breach our agreements under the NASA Coalition,"  Kalonzo reiterated to the members.

    Speaking to Kenyans.co.ke, Makueni MP Daniel Maanzo explained that the agreement did not have any elements that were legally binding.

    "This is just the starting point for when we will form a coalition and eventually along the way we shall include other NASA parties in the agreement," he stated disclosing that no timelines had been set for the formation of the coalition.

    The council also called for a National Delegates Conference to endorse the formation of a coalition between WDMK and Jubilee-KANU alliance. 

    It was further resolved that the Wiper Party still remains a member of the National Super Alliance (NASA). Once the Cooperation Agreement is sealed, it will be signed by the Party Chairman, Chirau Ali Mwakwere, and the Secretary-General, Senator Judith Sijeny.

    Earlier in May, Kalonzo revealed that the party was ready to form a coalition with the Jubilee and KANU a day after the two parties signed a post-election deal allowing the Gideon Moi-led party to sit in Jubilee's Parliamentary Group meetings. 

    President Uhuru Kenyatta (right) with Wiper leader kalonzo Musyoka during Musyoka's father's funeral in Mwingi on November 9, 2018.
    President Uhuru Kenyatta (right) with Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka during Musyoka's father's funeral in Mwingi on November 9, 2018.
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    "Wiper will be ready to enter into a cooperation agreement with both Kanu and Jubilee when that time comes but we are open to that. Of course, we are guided by the provisions of the coalition agreement we have within NASA," he stated at the time.

    However, Amani National Congress (ANC) leader Musalia Mudavadi stated that no party in the NASA coalition could form a coalition with other parties because none of the member parties had officially exited the pact.

    He added that there were protocols laid down for a member to exit as the Political Parties Act did not allow for a party to be a member of two coalitions at the same time.

    "The NASA coalition is still in play. Any party in the NASA coalition can only enter into another coalition if it resigns," he explained adding that there had not seen any official communication by the member parties signalling an exit.

    ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi speaks during the 15th Memorial Service of the late Vice President Kijana Wamalwa in Kitale on August 23, 2018.
    ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi speaks during the 15th Memorial Service of the late Vice President Kijana Wamalwa in Kitale on August 23, 2018.
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