The ODM Party has on Sunday denied claims by Wiper Leader Kalonzo Musyoka of a secret pact that will see Raila support Kalonzo for the presidency in 2022. In a press statement signed by the Party SG Edwin Sifuna, ODM rubbished the claims as ‘consistent with Kalonzo’s politics of whining and lying while seeking to reap where he has not sown…’.
Sifuna also said that the NASA Coalition became untenable after principals Kalonzo Musyoka, Moses Wetangula and Musalia Mudavadi skipped the ‘swearing-in’ of its presidential candidate Raila Odinga.
”We are however, not surprised that Kalonzo is making those claims. It is typical of Mr. Kalonzo’s character as a two-faced treacherous character who is always whining while seeking to reap where he did not sow. It is a continuation of his ‘kati kati’ brand of politics”, he lamented.
— The ODM Party (@TheODMparty) July 26, 2020
The claims were made by the Wiper Leader in an interview with the Daily Nation where he also intimated that the pact between himself and Opposition chief Raila Odinga was separate from the larger 2017 NASA Coalition agreement that also included ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi, Ford-Kenya Leader Moses Wetangula and Chama Cha Mashinani’s Isaac Ruto.
According to Musyoka, even though NASA ‘is dead’, an agreement exists between himself and Raila on how they will approach the 2022 elections, ”You cannot assume that since I was the deputy to Raila, then ODM has to support me. These things have to be done expressly, which is what we have done under a separate arrangement that I can’t disclose at this stage. The agreement is between Raila and I and not with the other parties in NASA”, he went on to conclude, ”I am not free to talk about it because it is a highly confidential matter”.
In June 2020, Wiper signed a post-election cooperation agreement with the ruling Jubilee Party which Mr. Musyoka hopes to escalate into a coalition agreement.