By Bwire Marvin
Politics is a science and an art characterized with mistrust, betrayal and unanticipated moves
. The amalgamated opposition outfit NASA is no stranger to this. Despite their public re assurance of their unity ahead of the August 8th polls, cracks remain visible and evident from within.
Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyokas political ally who is also the national assembly minority leader Francis Nyenze insist a 2013 memorandum of understanding which would see Musyoka become the automatic opposition flagbearer be honored and implemented. This seems not to augur well with the ODM faction arguing that the memorandum would only be effective were Raila have become president in 2013. One man remains at the centre of all this, Kalonzo Musyoka.
The former vice president keeps sending mixed signals thus casting suspicion on his commitment. During the NASA launch, Musyoka assured his co principals of his commitment saying he was in NASA unconditionally irrespective of the eventual ticket bearer. His remarks were a replica of what he assured the NASA brigade at the Bomas of kenya when the opposition parties converged in February this year.
On Friday last week Musyoka termed reports that he was on his way out of the opposition as propaganda propagated by his antagonists to scuttle the opposition and insisted his commitment to the opposition. Hardly 48 hours later while at the Bomas of Kenya during a workshop with the party’s election board, the Wiper leader came out strongly in no uncertain terms to claim the opposition’s ticket insisting he won’t play second fiddle as his demeanor had been mistaken.
So was the party secretary general Mombasa senator Hassan Omar’s stand who read malice and termed as selective treatment of the wiper boss. The test of time has brought the NASA outfit under scrutiny from within and from outside posing great threat to its unity given hard-line stance from the respective sister parties.