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Why Raila’s ODM has exited NASA

The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party has formally exited the NASA coalition.

Announcing the decision on Thursday, July 29, ODM Secretary General Edwin Sifuna – flanked with members of the National Executive Council (NEC) – said that the party believes that the National Super Alliance (NASA) is the past.

“NASA is the past, [NEC] has today resolved to formally exit the NASA coalition,” said Sifuna, who revealed that ODM is currently deliberating on the future, “and the need to make new friends.”

The Raila Odinga-led party is now in talks with potential partners at the grassroots level.

“Regional meetings and engagements have been planned with like-minded parties and the schedule for this will be shared in due course,” added Sifuna.

ODM has further refuted claims that it resolved to share political party funds with NASA affiliates (Wiper, Ford Kenya, ANC, Chama Cha Mashinani), in a bid to entice them into staying in the coalition.

While trying to explain how political parties funds are distributed, ODM National Chairperson John Mbadi reiterated that ODM was justified in its refusal to share the monies and that the decision was “an ex-gratia payment rather than an obligation.”

ODM now joins Wiper as parties that have formally started the process of pulling out from the coalition.

ODM’s full interview
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