Raila Odinga Named NASA Flag Bearer, Kalonzo Musyoka His Running Mate
ODM leader Raila Odinga has been named the National Super Alliance (NASA) flag bearer, with Kalonzo Musyoka of Wiper his running mate.
The two were unveiled at an elaborate event held at Uhuru Park on Thursday.
The duo, just like in 2013, will face off President Uhuru Kenyatta and Kalonzo Musyoka in the August 8th general elections.
NASA unveiled at the event a new government structure that will see sthree top posts created to accommodate the five principals in the event the coalition wins the August 8th general elections. The positions to be created are Premier Cabinet Secretary, and two Deputy Cabinet Secretaries.
In the new arrangement Raila Odinga (ODM will be the President, with Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper) serving as the Deputy President. Musalia Mudavadi (ANC) will hold the powerful Premier Cabinet Secretary position, while one of the Deputy Premier Cabinet Secretary postions will go to Deputy Moses Wetang’ula (For Kenya) and the other one to Issac Ruto of CCM.
The Premier Cabinet Secretary will be in charge of day to day running of the government – a post similar in power to that of a Prime Minister, says the agreement.
The two Deputy Premier Cabinet Secretary posts will be of equal ranks. Rutto will be in charge of State Department of Devolution and Planning, while Wetang’ula will be in charge of Public Service. The two Deputy Premier Cabinet Secretaries will be given the powerful ministries to balance out the power among the five leaders.
The principals say the new structure does not violate the constitution, and no referendum will be needed to approve the formation of the new positions. They also say the President will consult and get approval of all principals before making any decisions on the running of the government.
The leaders have been under intense pressure to name a flag bearer from their respective bases, with each base calling for their own to be named the flag bearer. They now say they are fully united to kick the Jubilee government of President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto come August 8th.