Musalia Mudavadi’s Party Amani National Congress (ANC) has finally made a decision to walk out of the National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition.
In a meeting held on July 22, party members overwhelmingly voted for ANC to exit the NASA partnership following a series of bitter exchanges with the major partner Orange Democratic Movement ODM.
The Musaalia Mudavadi’s party members cited disrespect and use of force by the ODM party as the reason why they are opting out of NASA.
“We would like to urge our partners, Wiper and FORD Kenya to follow suit. Because that is what we agreed in our meeting the other day,” said Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala.
The exit of Musalia Mudavadi’s party from the NASA coalition was prompted by an extensive meeting held alongside his two co-principals (Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetangula) on Tuesday, July 20.
In the meeting, the leaders discussed the NASA exit and building their One Kenya Alliance with KANU party leader Gideon Moi.
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Before reaching a decision to exit NASA, Musalia Mudavadi’s party and others had given their conditions to ODM on reviving their coalition.
They demanded that if Raila joins them once more, he will not be guaranteed a Presidential ticket in 2022.
Sources close to the meeting told People Daily Newspaper that While Mudavadi pitched for a “scientific” method to choose a flag-bearer, Kalonzo said it should be done on the basis of “past track record, political experience, and mutual trust.”
The exit of ANC from the NASA coalition comes at a time when the ODM party has also been sidelined by Jubilee Party.
The ODM-Jubilee partnership talks that had gained momentum have been put on hold as the ruling party said it is not the right time.
“We agreed that at least for now, we should drop the idea of the merger and instead focus on revamping the party for the next four months,
“The merger idea is on the table but not for now. Let it come at a later date when we have finished rejuvenating our party and made it a formidable force,” Jubilee’s deputy secretary-general Joshua Kutuny said.