On 30th of January, the opposition coalition National Super Alliance (NASA) held a swearing in ceremony to swear in their leader Hon. Raila Odinga as the ‘people’s president’.
This followed the allegations that the past general elections were a sham. Hon. Odinga was sworn in in a ceremony that was graced by thousands of opposition supporters eager to witness the historic moment.
The choice of Kalonzo to skip the oath that was held at Uhuru Park Nairobi has been a topic of discussion for the past few weeks. Many of the opposition supports think that the former vice president was not loyal to the coalition. In fact, ODM Deputy party leader and Mombasa Governor Hon. Hassan Joho went ahead to accuse Kalonzo of being a coward who could not take up responsibility like their coalition leader did.
Kalonzo in his defence stated that taking an oath in a country that already has an existing government was illegal. Apparently, Mau Mau veterans from Ukambani commended Kalonzo’s move to skip the oath accusing Odinga for “misusing” Kalonzo.
The veterans asked Kalonzo to ditch NASA and support president Uhuru for the sake of his political career. They further stated that the opposition politics may derail development in the region.
A section of wiper party leaders also came out to defend their leader from intimidation stating that wiper party had an equal stake in NASA as the other parties and as such,their leader should be respected. They affirmed that it was not mandatory for wiper to be in the NASA coalition.
Kalonzo is expected to hold party meetings in the coming month to determine the next course of action and decide the position of wiper in the NASA coalition.
ODM party leader Raila Odinga recently affirmed that his party is ready to face future politics alone should their affiliates fail to agree on the way forward.