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Kalonzo Demands Raila’s Support Citing 2017 NASA Deal

Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka has asked ODM leader Raila Odinga to honour a presidential deal the two struck in 2017. 

The duo contested for the presidential seat in the 2017 General Elections using the National Super Alliance (NASA), but they lost to President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto.  

Speaking during a presser on Tuesday, March 1, Kalonzo said the deal stated that Raila would be the presidential candidate in 2017 and then Kalonzo would be the head in 2022.

Kalonzo now wants Raila to let him contest for the country’s top seat, adding that he breached their agreement by accepting to be ODM’s presidential candidate. 

“This agreement will remain valid until the 2022 elections whether or not NASA wins the 2017 Presidential elections. Principal H (Raila) agrees to serve one term and publicly endorse Principal Q (Kalonzo) as a presidential candidate for 2022.

“For Odinga to accept to be the ODM flag bearer he has performed an irreparable material breach of the contract,” Kalonzo told journalists. 

The duo contested for the presidential seat in the 2017 General Elections using the National Super Alliance (NASA), but they lost to President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto PHOTO/COURTESY

This comes a day after One Kenya Alliance (OKA) reiterated its commitment to joining the Azimio La Umoja team after the postponement of the coalition agreement signing. 

OKA spokesperson Fredrick Okango said they are still at an early stage of structured communications to seal a deal that will lead to the formation of a grand coalition. 

“We affirm our commitment to joining the proposed grand coalition Azimio One Kenya Alliance that will be ready in a few weeks 

“Our position as OKA remains that of open, honest, and structured engagements that so far has been demonstrated by both parties,” Okango said.

OKA noted that their ambition is to have a united country and to achieve that, they will team up with like-minded parties.

“We are committed to the unity of this country and to the ongoing structured engagements with those with whom we share common ideals,” Okango added. 

Analysts say Kalonzo’s move could complicate President Uhuru Kenyatta’s plan to rally a formidable team to beat his deputy William Ruto who is a front runner in the August 9 poll.

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