Mudavadi, Raila, Gideon kick
off 2017 alliance talks
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The likelihood President Uhuru Kenyatta will face a
united opposition is becoming more probable by
the minute, as his opponents prepare to sign a pre-
election agreement in December.
The coming together of the opposition may however
compound an already existing headache: The
question of who should be the flagbearer to face
Already, Cord co-principals Raila Odinga, Moses
Wetang’ula and Kalonzo Musyoka are having a hard
time deciding on how to choose their candidate.
Raila’s ODM, Kalonzo’s Wiper and Wetang’ula’s
Ford-Kenya that are already in Cord are set to join
hands with ANC, Narc Kenya and Kanu to form the
National Super Alliance (NASA).
ODM leader Raila is also expected to meet several
close allies this weekend to discuss issues regarding
a super alliance.
NASA is said to be the brainchild of ANC leader
Musalia Mudavadi, who is asking his colleagues to
support him as the Presidential candidate.
Today and tomorrow, ANC will hold a retreat in
Machakos, where NASA is part of the agenda,
according to its Secretariat.
“The meeting will, among other issues, review the
emerging political developments in coalition
building, particularly the formation of the National
Super Alliance, or Muungano Maalum, spearheaded
by the ANC Party Leader,” ANC said in a statement.
The retreat will be chaired by Mudavadi, and the
party said it will hold a press conference on Friday
to give its members the way forward.
The Star has established that all the opposition
parties have agreed to field a single candidate in
the coming elections after lengthy discussions on
the process of identifying a unified flagbearer.
The development comes as the fourth step in the
seven-month talks after they identified the issues to
be urgently addressed, among them how to craft an
all-inclusive government and the process of
“The talks are already at advanced stages, with a
tight timeline, and I believe in December this year
we will sign an agreement with other opposition
parties to embark on countrywide campaigns in
January,” said Kanu secretary general Nick Salat.
Salat said the opposition want to run the next
campaigns based on certain key unifying policy
concerns of Kenyans, in a development that will
change the national political landscape.
“Our interest is to have a government with a
national face, put structures in place to support
good governance, open up the democracy space and
save our heritage that includes the national parks,”
He emphasized the talks are in the final stages – a
clear indication they have agreed on most items –
and the main agenda is to ensure the desires of the
2010 Constitution are met, strengthen devolution
and increase the representation of women in all
structures of governance.
“What you hear about the Super Alliance
negotiations is true. We have a common agenda of
rebuilding the nation, stopping reckless borrowing
and ensuring the country is governed by laws, not
individuals,” said Salat.
He added: “Our country is heading in the wrong
direction and our priority in the Super Alliance is to
rebuild the institutions of government as per the
dreams of the new Constitution.”
The talks bring together Mudavadi, Raila, Kalonzo,
Wetang’ula and Narc leader Martha Karua.
“It is public knowledge we are working with the
Narc leader on the policy and issues levels. She has
been in talks with the ODM party leader and I
cannot preempt anything. Just know that we are
focused on coming up with policies that will
enhance transparency and good leadership,” said
ODM chairman John Mbadi.
As part of the pre-election plan, the leaders have
also agreed to create the positions of Prime
Minister and Deputy Prime Ministers, as well as
support a parliamentary system to cut the
They will ensure the number of Cabinet secretaries
remains at a maximum of 22, while more resources
are channelled into the devolution structure, with
close monitoring to avoid the stealing of public
“When they [Jubilee] came to power, they had a
manifesto that they have failed to deliver. By the
time we make it official that we are working
together as an alliance and focus on saving this
country from incompetence and corruption, trust
me, we will have a strong timeframe of what we
want solved during the specific period,” said Salat.
Mombasa Senator Omar Hassan said the new
government, if elected, will focus on equity,
address historical injustices, solve land issues as
well as put up an inclusive edifice.
“Equity is not discrimination but improving the
lives of the poor to better and those who are better
to be well-of,” said Hassan.
Mbadi said it was too early to disclose the
timeframe and other decisive details, but promised
the opposition will head to the next elections as a
He emphasized that the Super Alliance prioritizes
values of equality, social justice, solidarity,
sustainable development, gender equality, and
democratic security, where the collective interests
of Kenyans take precedence over particular
He said foremost among its tasks is to deepen the
devolved system as the core pillar of creating
wealth and quality jobs for the millions of young
people who were conned by the Jubilee
“We have covered the ground and one thing we
agreed is to head to the next elections as a team to
form an inclusive government. Tribalism, nepotism
and bad governance have really messed up the
country,” Mbadi said.
Mbadi said the leaders have identified the issues to
be addressed over the next five years