Amani National Congress (ANC) party on Sunday 21 February 2021 issued a statement after Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga said that he will not be endorsing any former National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition in the coming 2022 general elections.
On Saturday 20, the former Prime Minister accused ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi, Kalonzo Musyoka of Wiper party, and Moses Wetang’ula of FORD Kenya of failing to show up during his swearing-in ceremony in 2017 at the Uhuru Park after the highly contested presidential elections.
He said that the NASA members at the time switched off the phones shivering in fear a move that showed cowardice and for that reason, he will not be supporting any of them.
However, in response, the ANC party has said that Raila’s remarks on the NASA the former NASA members ailing to show up at his illegal swearing-in is unfortunate and reeks of indefensible deceit.
The statement added that the party does not want to get into a feud with the ODM leader but he should learn to tell the truth.
It added that Raila Odinga’s allegations are what he did to the former NASA members as he lied to them before sneaking to Uhuru Park.
ANC party further added that the former Prime Minister faked a swearing-in to accelerate his yearning for a handshake with President Uhuru Kenyatta which he got.
“If he were capable of honesty, he would tell Kenyans what drove him to have multiple mock swearing-ins. He cannot play the famed coward and share those pre-recorded fake swearing-ins?” read the statement in part.
Mudavadi’s party added that Raila is free to support anyone come 2022 general elections but he does not have the right to deny others their right to demand a political debt owed from him.
The statement added that Raila Odinga knows that he lied to his former partners in 2017 under the false pretense that, win or lose, he would not offer himself as a candidate.
THE STATEMENT by Raila Odinga that he'll not endorse any of his NASA colleagues because they failed to show up at his illegal swearing-in is unfortunate and reeks of indefensible deceit. …… pic.twitter.com/GmoHRV0v8d
— ANC PARTY (@anc_party) February 21, 2021
Recently, former NASA officials have told the former Prime Minister to let someone else run for the country’s top seat.
Musalia Mudavadi said that when they formed the NASA coalition 9n 2017, Raila told them that he had only been left with one bullet at the Presidency seat which he failed and it would be hypocritical of him to run again in 2022.