ODM Party leader Raila Odinga, Wiper Party Leader Kalonzo Musyoka and Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu meet today in public for the first time since the historic handshake of March 9.
The three shared a podium during the launching ceremony of multi million Kitui Villa Hotel at Ngiini Vilage in Kitui town which is owned by US based scholar Prof Makau Mutua.
Since the handshake, there have been perceived divisions amongst the three leaders, with Kalonzo having been quoted telling off Raila for betraying the opposition.
Recently, the two parties, Wiper and ODM, have been involved in a conflict over the nullification of Embakasi South Mp Musili Mawathe’s election. Mawathe was elected on a Wiper ticket, beating former ODM’s Irshadali Sumra who successfully filed a petition against the election.
IEBC declared that Mawathe had won the August poll after garnering 33,880 against Sumra’s 33,708 votes.
On the other hand, relations between Kalonzo and Ngilu have not been easy, even as former Kitui Governor Dr Julius Malombe has filed a notice of appeal at the Supreme Court challenging the validity of Ngilu’s election.
Political pundits perceive this as a political war between Wiper Party and Ngilu’s Narc, threatening to break unity agreement signed between the two leaders before last year’s general election, ending a long-time rivalry between the leaders.
The three are members of the NASA coalition, which since the handshake seems to be losing momentum despite a section of its leaders insisting that the alliance is intact.
Since the handshake, Raila has rarely spoken about the coalition.
Here are the photos of the event:-
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