By Bwire Marvin
Independent candidates fate has been left hanging in the balance. This follows sentiments by opposition NASA alliance principals Raila Odinga, Musalia Mudavadi and Kalonzo Musyoka who have disowned the candidates.
After the political party primaries, many aspirants who were trounced sought to pursue their political aspirations the independent route. Although those who failed the nomination test in the NASA sister parties expressed their loyalty to their former party masters, it is now no secret they have been disowned.
ANC party leader Musalia Mudavadi says voting for independent candidates will be detrimental to ANC candidates as it will disadvantage them in as far as political funds allocation is concerned
Mudavadis sentiments were echoed by his Wiper colleague Kalonzo Musyoka who has urged Wiper supporters to stick to wiper candidates so as to bolster the party’s bargaining power in the opposition.
ODM party leader who is also NASA presidential candidate Raila Odinga o shares in this stand. The principals’ stand seems to have rubbed the candidates and their supporters the wrong way.
Contrary to the NASA stand, the ruling Jubilee party has warmed up to their former allies who went the independent route after they unanimously agreed to support president Kenyatta’s jubilee party during their convention on Saturday at the kasarani satdium. The question as to whether the independent candidates may change the political course lies with August 8th.