ODM deputy party leader Wycliffe Oparanya has dismissed Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka’s possible talks of revitalizing the National Super Alliance (NASA).
In an interview with Citizen TV on Tuesday, June 16, Oparanya acknowledged that their party was in talks with other NASA affiliates not to revive NASA but to come up with another new alliance ahead of the 2022 General Election.
“At the moment we want to strengthen our own party. We have not talked about NASA. Our interest is to strengthen our party as we plan to look for an alliance that we can use to form the next government,” Oparanya said.
The county boss, who had earlier on expressed his ambitions to succeed retiring President Uhuru Kenyatta, further said ODM was working to reinforce the party ahead of the 2022 General Election.
The remarks by Oparanya who recently shelved his presidential ambitions for Raila Odinga come just days after the former prime minister and ex-Vice President hinted out that they were working on bringing the once most powerful alliance back to life.
“We are still working on something and soon the outcome will be known. We off course have NASA because the principals have not disbanded it,” Musyoka said.
Musyoka who was speaking during the burial of former Kibwezi MP Kalembe Ndile was responding to a call by Kitui governor Charity Ngilu who urged Raila and Kalonzo to reunite ahead of the 2022 presidential polls.
“If Kalonzo (Musyoka) and Raila (Odinga) fail to unite ahead of 2022, then (William) Ruto’s chances of success will be high,” Ngilu urged ODM and Wiper party leaders.
NASA which brought together ODM’s Raila Odinga, Musalia Mudavadi (ANC), Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper) and Moses Wetang’ula (Ford Kenya) has been on its deathbed since 2018 when President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga shook hands to end their political differences which had lasted for decades.
ANC party leader, however, remained adamant that he will not work with Raila Odinga again despite President Uhuru Kenyatta’s amplified call for NASA principals to unite.
Mudavadi, who is a member of the One Kenya Alliance, distanced himself from ever joining a revived NASA accusing Raila Odinga of being an untrustworthy politician.