‘It’s My Turn,’ Kalonzo Tells Raila As He Brings Up 2017 NASA Presidential Deal

Written by on 1 March 2022

Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka has brought up ghosts of a deal he struck with former Prime Minister Raila Odinga in 2017 when the two formed the National Super Alliance (NASA).

The deal, Kalonzo revealed, was that Raila would be the coalition’s presidential candidate and Kalonzo his running mate for one term. Kalonzo would then be the head in 2022. 

“This agreement will remain valid until the 2022 elections whether or not NASA wins the 2017 Presidential elections,”  the agreement signed on April 30, 2017 states.

“Principal H (Raila) agrees to serve one term and publicly endorse Principal Q (Kalonzo) as a presidential candidate for 2022.”

During a press briefing on Tuesday, Kalonzo accused the ODM leader and Azimio la Umoja presidential candidate of being in breach of their agreement.

The Wiper leader claimed that by declaring himself as a presidential candidate, Mr. Odinga had inadvertently breached their existing agreement. 

“For Odinga to accept to be the ODM flag bearer he has performed an irreparable material breach of the contract,” Mr. Kalonzo said. 

But Mr. Kalonzo now says he is ready to renegotiate the terms of engagement with ODM leader Raila Odinga, ahead of the August polls, but with a catch.

According to the former Vice President, the pact which still binds him and Raila, and which would see Raila endorse him for the presidency, will now form the basis of their negotiations moving forward. 

“As we begin the fresh round of political negotiation in our country I have been compelled to release this document due to the often said statement that I am an indecisive kingmaker and that I would be. A fool a third time to support Odinga” Kalonzo said. 

According to the agreement seen by Citizen Digital, Raila was to endorse Kalonzo for the presidency after serving for only one term. 

Additionally, Odinga was entitled to one term in office should he have emerged President in the polls, after which he is supposed to back Kalonzo as presidential candidate in the 2022 election.

Odinga further agreed to delegate “substantial national duties” to Musyoka after three years in office, in order to “concentrate on international duties”.

The pact, according to the Wiper Leader,  was not meant to be revealed to the public but Odinga has breached its terms.

“For Odinga to accept to be the ODM flag bearer, he has performed an irreparable material breach of the contract,” said Kalonzo.

The Wiper leader further castigated Prof. Makau Mutua who is stated as the repository of the contract, for acting in breach of contract due to the lawyer’s recent support of Odinga’s presidential bid.

“I have tried to have Prof. Makau Mutua to have a meeting with Odinga, Makau is in breach of the document,” he said.

In the meantime, Kalonzo has stated that he is open to President Uhuru Kenyatta’s input in the negotiations, terming him as a ‘revered Head of State’ who shall remain so even after his tenure.

“There are headlines in the media that there is tension between me and my brother Raila Odinga, I want to say that there is none,” he said 

“In effect, some of you say that I ask President Uhuru Kenyatta to take leadership of the current round of negotiations. I think it is right and proper, considering he has a sense of authority.”

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