Kenyans were treated to a surprise on Friday 9th March 2018 when two political rivals decided to burry the hatchet and opted to work together for the benefit of the common mwananchi.
The possibility of a face to face meeting between President Kenyatta and chief opposition leader and Nasa Principal Raila Odinga was hardly imagined, and as a result many were left in awe.
However, the meeting between the two did not go too well with the other principals(Kalonzo Musyoka, Moses Wetangula and Musalia Mudavadi). The premise of their argument was that they were not consulted, or rather Raila went behind their backs to have the much hyped ‘dialogue’ with the President.
The move by Raila further made it crystal clear that there are cracks within the Nasa coalition. Many issues have been swept under the carpet until the chief opposition leader made a bold move to meet the President. But really, who is to blame?
Just to jog our memories abit, we all recall the events of 30th January 2018. It was a day that Nasa supporters were looking forward to with much zeal; a day that they would finally witness the ‘swearing in’ of their legitimate president(Rt Hon. Raila Amollo Odinga).
Inspite of the expectations amongst Nasa supporters, the pomp and colour, the expectant crowds which had braved the scorching sun, only Raila turned up. Where were the other principals? When did they agree not to participate in the ‘swearing in’? This was an anticlimax and comical at the same time. Raila was sworn in anyway and had an uphill task of trying thick and thin to convince the mammoth crowd that Nasa was still intact. Well, that was a true lie.
Kalonzo Musyoka had been interviewed before leaving his house on whether he was assuring his supporters that he would be sworn in. What was his answer? He said that he was still consulting. What was he consulting on the D-day while his supporters had weathered all manner of storms ranging from being teargased to extrajudicial killings at the hands of the police force. Well, thank God for the media blackout. Otherwise that was the day Kalonzo would have been crucified.
Kalonzo later declared that he was ready to be ‘sworn in’ at a later date. This was followed by a bombshell from the same person, now purpoting that the ‘swearing in’ was unconstitutional and illegal. This did not auger well with some of the Nasa supporters within the coalition.
Let’s not forget Moses Wetangula and Musalia Mudavadi also skipped the ‘swearing in’ of Raila. In fact, Moses Wetangula issued a statement asking Uhuru to include Luos in his cabinet regardless of whether or not they voted for him. He said this days before Rt Hon. Raila was sworn in as the People’s President. This made one thing clear: he had awaken to the reality that Uhuru was the president come what may. Sources within the Nasa coalition also mentioned that the three principals (Wetangula, Mudavadi and Kalonzo) did not buy the idea of the ‘swearing in’, and were trying to convince Raila to soften his stand on the whole issue but to no avail. Consequently, Raila had to bear the cross alone.
Despite the hullaballos, the Nasa principals were unified by their quest to push for electoral reforms and justice. But the cracks were still visible. Kalonzo has already declared interest for the presidential seat come 2022 with a notion that it is now Raila’s turn to back him up. Recently, Wetangula also expressed his interest for the highest office in the land.
These events culminated into Raila having a closed door meeting with President Uhuru. The other principals felt betrayed, but they are reaping what they sowed. They were the first to betray Raila, and the opposition chief returned the favour.