Cracks emerge in Nasa as top ODM, ANC leaders clash publicly
Cracks have started emerging in the National Super Alliance (Nasa) after two top leaders of ODM and ANC clashed in public over leaked report that revealed the agreed presidential line-up.
ODM acting Secretary General Agnes Zani fired the first salvo when she said that indeed the Nasa National Coordinating Committee (Nasa NCC) had in fact agreed on Raila Odinga (ODM) as the flag bearer with Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper) as his running mate.
ANC’s Musalia Mudavadi was to be the Chief Minister with Ford Kenya’s Moses Wetangula as the Speaker of the National Assembly or Senate.
The line-up was revealed last week by a local newspaper but ANC SG Godfrey Osotsi dismissed it as fake.
“Clarification has to be made, that the report was valid and existent. NCC had been mandated to come up with that report and we did,” said Ms Zani in a press statement.
“That report leaked out in the form that the media presented. A few aspects and figures were not those of the committee but the line-up presented had been agreed on in the committee.”
Within minutes of Ms Zani’s statement, Mr Osotsi sent his own, accusing ODM of “acting in bad faith” and employing “dirty propaganda leaks”.
“The ODM statement is a confession that leaves no doubt as to where leaks of working documents meant to undermine NASA unity have been coming from. It is confirmation that ODM is negotiating in bad faith. This is bad manners that shouldn’t be entertained in any negotiation,” charged Mr Osotsi.
He added that ANC was not aware of a formal report authored by Nasa NCC for the attention of and shared with the Principals on the matter of flag bearer.
“Partisan positions taken and proposals made by NASA partner parties at NCC are neither fait accompli NCC nor NASA documents,” he said.
But Ms Zani maintained that the NASA NCC did come up with the report where various methods were applied to attain objectivity through joint effort.
“Through triangulation, members did the task they had been assigned to do in the committee,” she said.
“The report was inputted into by members of the committee at a meeting that had quorum rules adhered to. Soon after, the Committee was to share the report with the Principles for consultation and further agreement.”
The ODM SG said sentiments by his ANC contemporary “are skewed”.