The debate about the historic handshake between political rivals President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition and NASA leader H.E. Raila Odinga has been ongoing for a while. The show of unity between them has brought a much-needed calm in the country. However, it also brought mistrust and suspicions among both political allies and friends.
Nasa deputy leaders Kalonzo and Wetangula seem confused, switching between supporting Odinga’s move and proposing that the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) should leave NASA Coalition. The other principles MR Mudavadi (ANC) and Mr. Wetangula (Ford Kenya), want to form ODM to leave Nasa entirely.
What happens next for NASA?
This has culminated in the removal of Senator Moses Wetangula as the Senate leader of minority and being replaced by senator Orengo of ODM.
There were also silent whispers of whether Mr. Odinga can be trusted to work with the government he hates passionately after having lost elections to it three times. His union was seen as a mode of survival to be able to run in 2022 elections and succeed President Kenyatta instead of the current deputy president, William Ruto.
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To ensure he wins, the deputy president William Ruto has already started visiting Central Kenya and the Kenyan coast launching projects and meeting the people and community leaders. This can be seen as a form of soft campaigning four years before the next elections. But either way, this is good for Kenya.
By the time 2022 comes, he will have made an impression making his succession far much more comfortable, considering he will have the backing of the government and president Uhuru Kenyatta.
The split of NASA coalition seems imminent, and we can only wait what political moves the former allies of Raila Odinga will make.