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Musalia differs with Raila on fresh elections

Thursday February 22 2018

Nasa co-principal Musalia Mudavadi

Nasa co-principal Musalia Mudavadi addresses journalists at Cotu secretary-general Francis Atwoli's Ebukwala home, Kakamega County, on February 18, 2018, where they held a consultative meeting with Western region leaders. He wants the coalition to focus on 2022 elections. PHOTO | ISAAC WALE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

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National Super Alliance co-principal Musalia Mudavadi has differed with opposition leader Raila Odinga over the latter’s call for a third election in August.

Mr Mudavadi, who was Mr Odinga’s presidential elections chief campaigner last year, argues that the coalition should instead focus on ensuring that the 2022 elections, in which a Nasa agreement bars Mr Odinga from contesting, are free and fair.

His dissention comes at a time of growing differences within the coalition — which include an ideological war among strategists over its resistance push, as well as the end-game of its people’s assembly movement, which suggests expanding the Executive, initiating judicial and police reforms, and strengthening devolution. 

In an interview with NTV on Wednesday, the former deputy prime minister said there is no legal and financial framework to enable the country conduct a fresh election, a third within a year in Kenya’s protracted poll crisis that has already featured an annulled poll and a repeat one boycotted by Nasa.

“There are those who may want to do what is perceived to be popular, but there are also those who have the courage to sometimes tell people that, that is not the right path,” Mr Mudavadi said.

Two weeks ago, Mr Odinga told the British Broadcasting Corporation that the coalition would push for a third election.

The interview came days after he took an ‘oath’ as the people’s president in a ceremony that was skipped by Mr Mudavadi and c