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Kanu to deliberate on party's link with Nasa

Monday January 16 2017

From right Opposition leaders Musalia Mudavadi, Kalonzo Musyoka, Raila Odinga, Moses Wetang'ula and Nick Salat during the unveiling of National Super Alliance at Bomas of Kenya on January 11, 2017. Kanu has called for a meeting to discuss its involvement of Nasa affairs. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

From right Opposition leaders Musalia Mudavadi, Kalonzo Musyoka, Raila Odinga, Moses Wetang'ula and Nick Salat during the unveiling of National Super Alliance at Bomas of Kenya on January 11, 2017. Kanu has called for a meeting to discuss its involvement of Nasa affairs. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE | NATION MEDIA GROUP  

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Kanu has scheduled a meeting this week to deliberate on the party’s involvement in the affairs of the National Super Alliance (Nasa).

Kanu Secretary-General Nick Salat on Sunday confirmed the planned meeting to be chaired by party chairman, Baringo Senator Gideon Moi.

“The party has planned a meeting this week to be presided over by our chairman, where I will give a brief over Nasa,” Mr Salat told Nation.

Mr Salat came under criticism from the party’s national executive council member Zipporah Kittony, West Pokot Senator John Lonyangapuo and Nakuru branch officials for declaring Kanu part of Nasa last Wednesday. The officials insisted that Mr Salat’s decision was personal.

Mr Salat joined opposition leaders at Bomas of Kenya and announced that Kanu had joined Nasa and that together with other like-minded parties, it was determined to remove Jubilee from power. He was among five leaders who signed the resolutions made by opposition aspirants.

But Nakuru Kanu branch officials led by Mr John Ngunjiri issued a seven-day ultimatum to Mr Salat to respond about the matter, failure to which he would mobilise other officials to sign a memorandum for his removal.

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But a defiant Mr Salat said: “I believe the way to go is Nasa and I will try to convince my party members on the same.”

“As the secretary-general, it is my duty to shop around for ideas and seek unity with like-minded individuals to ensure the party’s growth,” added Mr Salat.

But Ms Kittony said Kanu policies and decisions were guided by the party’s constitution which stipulates that such a decision must first be discussed by the National Delegates Conference (NDC). “Since the party has not convened the NDC as per the constitution to deliberate on this matter, Salat’s remarks are thus not official as they have not been subjected to the internal constitutional processes for ratification,” she said.

It is not the first time some Kanu leaders were distancing themselves from moves made by Mr Salat.

Last year, he joined Cord principals and supporters in protesting on the streets to force IEBC commissioners out of office.