Cracks in NASA as ODM, ANC Clash over Report on Flag Bearer
There was turmoil in the NASA (National Super Alliance) on Tuesday after Musalia Mudavadi’s ANC party accused Raila Odinga’s party, ODM, of acting in bad faith in releasing a report detailing the collation line-up for the August 8th general election.
ANC Secretary General Godfrey Osotsi said such a report did not exist, something that his ODM counterpart Agnes Zani disputed. “The sentiments by ANC SG Mr Godfrey Osotsi are skewed. The assertion that there is no report is not accurate. The report, and other processes are to be furthered on by the principals in next stages as was to be determined by them,” said ODM Secretary-General Agnes Zani.
The report, leaked to the media last week, says a 12-member committee settled on Raila Odinga as the coalition’s flag bearer, with Kalonzo Musyoka as his running mate. Musalia Mudavadi would be the Chief Minister (a new powerful position NASA intends to create), and Moses Wetangula as Speaker of either House of his choice – Senate or National Assembly.
Osotsi called ODM’s release of the report dirty propaganda and said it undermines the ongoing negotiation process. “We are outraged – and Zani ought to know – that admission by ODM party that it is responsible for dirty propaganda leaks undermines the credibility and integrity of the Nasa process. This level of arrogance shouldn’t be entertained… The ODM statement is a confession that leaves no doubt as to where leaks of working documents meant to undermine Nasa unity have been coming from. It is confirmation that ODM is negotiating in bad faith. This is bad manners that shouldn’t be entertained in any negotiation,” said Osotsi.