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Raila rules out endorsing any NASA co-principal for Presidency

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Members of the newly formed alliance of Musalia Mudavadi, Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetangula will not receive any endorsement by opposition Chief Raila Odinga.

Raila ruled out supporting any of his former National Super Alliance (NASA) colleagues for the presidency even as he hinted at a new coalition ahead of next year’s General Election.

Raila accused his co-NASA principals of abandoning him at the hour of need during his mock swearing-in as the People’s President after the disputed 2017 repeat presidential elections.

“Can I give them the mantle? When we were going for the swearing-in, in Nairobi they refused. They switched off their phones and they were shivering due to fear. They now want me to give them the mantle by supporting them,” he said.

Raila recalled how he “boldly and courageously” made his way to Uhuru Park where he was crowned as the ‘People’s President”

“I won’t give them because they demonstrated their cowardice.”

None of the NASA co-principals turned up to witness Raila ‘taking an oath’ at Uhuru Park in the event that attracted a mammoth crowd.

On Saturday during a burial in Ndiwa, Homa Bay County, Raila dismissed the push by Musalia, Kalonzo and Wetang’ula for his blessings to vie for the presidency.

The Musalia team has asked Raila to back one of them for presidency, saying they have stood with him over the years and time was ripe for payback.

Raila, who together with President Uhuru Kenyatta are the architects of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI), said they were currently preoccupied with constitutional review agenda and that presidential politics should be shelved until 2022.

“We are busy now with the BBI discourse. The road ahead is still rough and murky and so we don’t need to bog Kenyans’ mind with 2022 politics,’’ said Raila.

Raila is now hopeful that more than 24 county assemblies would have endorsed the Constitution of Kenya (Amendment) Bill, 2020, by Tuesday to enable it proceed to Parliament.

At least 24 county assemblies are required to pass the Bill before it proceeds to the National Assembly and the Senate.

Yesterday, an upbeat Raila said the BBI train was unstoppable and that the referendum could be held by June.

Raila also took issue with Deputy President William Ruto for dragging him into Jubilee government failures.

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