The bitter fallout between Raila and his fellow NASA principals Kalonzo Musyoka and Musalia Mudavadi is getting noisy and messy.
Raila foot soldiers have joined the war to unleash their political grenades on Kalonzo and Mudavadi.
Yesterday, ODM chairman John Mbadi described the three leaders, in a statement, as “inconsistent and incoherent cowards.”
Mr Mbadi reminded Mudavadi how he was categorical that the swearing-in vehicle was no longer stoppable, as it had run out of breaks during NASA rallies dubbed people’s assemblies.
“When the swearing at first happened, Kalonzo, Mudavadi and Wetang’ula said they failed to attend the event because they had lost touch with Odinga, who had promised to reach them via a Nigerian telephone line, but did not do so,” said Mbadi.
The National Assembly Minority Leader said it later emerged that the three NASA principals had pleaded with the government to arrest them so that they could have an explanation for missing the swearing in ceremony.
“Kalonzo later claimed their absence was a strategy agreed on with Odinga. Kalonzo claimed they had agreed he would himself be sworn in at a later date. Apparently, that later date has not come, even as we approach another election,” said Mbadi.
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He said Musalia, who now claims Raila duped them into backing him in 2017, abandoned the Nigeria telephone line narrative and the supposed blockade by security officers. “The pattern fits what Kenyans already know about the so-called NASA principals. They are cowards. They cannot stand on their own feet and they are trying to force Odinga to endorse them. Odinga will do no such endorsement. As a party, we will strongly discourage him from doing so,” he added.?
In what could have ignited the row last weekend, Raila hit out at the three, calling them cowards for abandoning him at the hour of need during his 2018 mock swearing-in. “When we were going for the swearing-in, they switched off their phones. They now want me to give them the mantle by supporting them. I won’t give them because they demonstrated their cowardice,” said Raila.
But Kalonzo and Mudavadi on Sunday separately termed Raila’s 2018 controversial swearing-in illegal, and accused him of reneging on their agreement to work together.
ODM Secretary General Edwin Sifuna had on Sunday said Kalonzo, Wetang’ula and Mudavadi had little political stamina.
“These are gentlemen who cannot operate without a sponsor. They are dependent on the other people and cannot stand on their own. We wish them well as ODM. For us, we have moved on as a party. We are looking for mutually beneficial agreements and partnerships,” Sifuna said.