In the aftermath of Kalonzo Musyoka’s crucial declaration yesterday that his party would be officially leaving the NASA coalition just after the Wiper party leader held talks with the ODM boss Raila Odinga, it is now emerging that dissolving the unit may not be as easy as earlier thought. And in an interesting turn of events, it’s now turning out that the ultimate fate of the political outfit may lay with a NASA member that has been largely ignored all along; Isaac Ruto and his Chama Cha Mashinani party.
Office of the Registrar of Political Parties (ORPP) said Ford Kenya cannot pull out of the coalition until a leadership dispute in the party is determined by the High Court.
The implication of the latest development in the NASA fiasco is that even if Amani National Congress (ANC) proceed to pull out, the coalition would still remain since at least three partner parties have to pull out for it to be dissolved.
Registrar of Political Parties Ann Nderitu also revealed that none of the partner parties had written to formally pull out of the coalition, contradicting ANC deputy party leader Ayub Savula.
Savula had claimed that Amani Council wrote to ORPP over its decision to divorce from the coalition following a Parliamentary Group (PG) held last week Thursday.
“Amani Council has already written to ORPP and we are officially done with NASA coalition. We want to urge our other partners to also follow suit so that we can proceed with our resolution for One Kenya Alliance,” said Savula.
But Nderitu said that no single party had written seeking to pull out of the opposition coalition. She disclosed that even Chama Cha Mashinani of ex-Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto was still a partner party.
“No party has written officially seeking to pull out,” said Nderitu.
She further said that Ford Kenya will have to wait for court ruling on the existing leadership dispute.
“The dispute is still in court. We should be guided by the court on who should take decision on behalf of the party. Once we get guidance from court we will go with that,” she added.
The pronouncement by the ORPP essentially slams brake on Wetangúla’s plans to severe links with NASA.