The National Super Alliance (NASA) has on Thursday (27/04/17) named Raila Odinga its presidential flag bearer in the anticipated August 8 election, with Wiper Leader Kalonzo Musyoka as his running mate.
The Amani National Congress (ANC) leader, Musalia Mudavadi, who announced the news, will be the Premier Cabinet Secretary in charge of the state department of internal security and administration of the national government.
“It has been short but a fulfilling journey. A year ago this time, I was the only one talking NASA and the whole country is now singing about NASA.”
“We have come together as political parties, civil societies, business communities to take back our country. When I formed NASA, I never had me in mind. I had we in mind. I had you in mind and finally I had Kenyans in mind,” Mr Mudavadi stated.
In the new NASA structure, Opposition leader Raila Odinga will not enjoy absolute power should he beat the incumbent, President Uhuru Kenyatta.
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Odinga in his acceptance speech, indicated he would work closely with the other four NASA principals to defeat Jubilee in the August polls.
“History shall repeat itself. In October 2002, we were here at Uhuru Park with Kalonzo Musyoka, Moody Awori, the late George Saitoti, Kipruto arap Kirwa, Charity Ngilu and Raila Amolo Odinga. It is at Uhuru Park where I posed to Kenyans: Kibaki anatosha ? And we said, yes!”
“Today (April 27, 2017), Kalonzo, Mudavadi, Ruto, Wetangula have said Raila tosha! Out of respect the four of them chose me to be NASA flag bearer ahead of August 8 polls,” reiterated Odinga.
The announcement which was made after months of anxiety by the opposition supporters, did not come as a surprise as structure had already leaked to the public in March.