Kenya opposition NASA in bitter fight for minority leader position - Whisper Eye

Kenya opposition NASA in bitter fight for minority leader position

The unity of the National Super Alliance (NASA) was jolted yesterday following reports of plans to remove Moses Wetang’ula from the Senate Leader of Minority position.

The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party has earmarked his deputy, Siaya Senator James Orengo, to take over.

But Mr Wetang’ula has vowed to go down fighting, warning ODM, which has 20 senators against the combined seven of other NASA affiliate parties – Amani National Congress (ANC), Ford Kenya and Wiper – that there will be political consequences for his removal.

“If you want divorce, it will be messy, noisy and not easy,” Wetang’ula declared in the Senate yesterday, when the plot to oust him was made public.

According to a pre-election agreement lodged before the 2017 elections, the coalition can only be dissolved if at least three parties opt out.

In the event that Wiper, ANC and Ford Kenya opt out, the alliance would officially be over.

Political pundits say Raila’s party would not mind a collapse of the coalition to get itself out of a legally binding agreement that excluded Raila and ODM from fielding a presidential candidate in the 2022 General Election.

Kalonzo, Mudavadi and Wetang’ula have demanded that ODM respects this agreement so that one of them can have a turn at the presidential race under the coalition.