Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga told his former National Super Alliance (NASA) leaders on Saturday (February 20) that he would not support any of them for the presidency.
The former prime minister accused the former NASA coalition brigade of abandoning him at his time of need, before he could even complete their agenda.
Raila said Musalia Mudavadi of the Amani National Congress (ANC), Kalonzo Musyoka of the Wiper Party and Moses Wetang’ula of FORD Kenya did not show up at his swearing-in ceremony in 2017 after the highly contested presidential elections.
Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga speaking during a service at St. Joachim and Anne Catholic Church, Kayole, Sunday January 17, 2021.
“When we went to the swearing-in ceremony in Nairobi they refused. They turned off their phones and they were shaking with fear. They now want me to give them the mantle by supporting them, ”Raila said.
Raila wondered how he could pass the mantle on them when they never stood with him until the last stitch.
“I will not give it to them because they have shown their cowardice.”
Raila, who was speaking at a funeral in Ndiwa, Homa Bay County, rejected Musalia, Kalonzo and Wetang’ula’s appeal by asking him to approve one of them as candidate 2022.
He said he is currently focusing on the Building Bridges (BBI) initiative and does not have time for the 2022 policy.
“We are now occupied with the BBI speech. The road ahead is still difficult and murky and so we don’t need to get confused with the 2022 policy, ” he added.
The ODM chief also said he was sure 24 counties will have approved the BBI by Tuesday.
Raila has not openly declared whether he will compete for the presidency in the next general election, saying his position will not be known until after the BBI is approved by the counties.
In the past, former NASA executives have told Raila that he had his chance at the presidency and missed it and it was time he supported one of them.
“When I created the NASA coalition in 2017, Raila told us that he was using his last bullet to go for president, and it is hypocritical for him to run again in 2022,” Mudavadi said.
ANC party leader Musalia Mudavadi addressing the nation from the Musalia Mudavadi center on March 25, 2020