Raila Odinga’s ODM has declared it will forge new political alliances after the Kibra by-election, signaling a collapse of the National Super Alliance (Nasa).
ODM Secretary General Edwin Sifuna said their partners in Nasa had undermined the spirit of the alliance by fielding candidates to compete with the party’s flag-bearer Imran Okoth.
He said the party would build new coalitions with those who supported its quest to recapture the seat left vacant following the death of Ken Okoth in July.
“We have our friends from Nasa who want to use the opportunity to formalise their divorce from the coalition,” Mr Sifuna said, referring to Amani National Congress (ANC), which has sponsored Mr Odinga’s former aide Eliud Owalo, and Ford-Kenya, which fronted Khamisi Butichi.
“Out of this by-election, we are going to count our friends and our enemies. New alliances will be formed. We are counting our friends like Maina Kamanda (Jubilee), Cleophas Malala and Geoffrey Osotsi (both of ANC) in this election. This same team will spearhead the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report and proceed to the 2022 elections,” Sifuna said.