ANC, FORD-K, Wiper can form opposition without ODM, insists Lugari MP

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Lugari MP Ayub Savula in a past event
Lugari MP Ayub Savula in a past event

Lugari MP Ayub Savula has said NASA affiliate parties are ready to take up and officially conduct the opposition train without ODM. Addressing the press in Nairobi flanked by ANC, Wiper and Ford Kenya leaders after a meeting, Savula criticized ODM for belittling other parties opposition outfit, “We are against ODM belittling other partner parties in NASA. ODM can walk away and we’ll remain to build NASA to take over the presidency in 2022,” he said. This comes after Raila Odinga held talks with President Uhuru Kenyatta last week engineered towards peace and unity without the involvement of other NASA co-principals, and has elicited mixed reactions, with some quarters seeing it as a chance that will pave way for Jubilee and ODM to work together.

However, he insisted the other parties won’t leave NASA, insisting that incase ODM joins hands with Jubilee then NASA will remain and will be kept afloat. On matters within NASA, the MP said that there should be more inclusive talks between President Kenyatta and the opposition, saying other leaders also need to be kept updated with ongoing talks. “We call on NASA leadership to convene an urgent parliamentary group meeting to explain the details of the engagement in the talks and have a structured engagement between ourselves before we engage the Jubilee side,” said Savula.

On his part, Makueni MP Dan Maanzo said inclusivity in talks is vital because all Kenyans have suffered one way or another due to last year’s general elections. He said a more accurate and official framework is needed to bring the set targets to fruition, “Without a proper legal framework no talks can materialize no matter the documents that have been signed between President Kenyatta and Raila Odinga,” he said, adding that the document and plan agreed upon has same details of agreement found in the Constitution.