The body languages and protocol lapses in the recently concluded Bomas of Kenya opposition political parties’ conglomeration revealed millions of tones of some of the leaders’ internal fears and apprehensions.
The opposition big wigs particularly Kalonzo Musyoka of Wiper and Ford Kenya’s Moses Wetangula were the most obvious to display their discomfort with the Amani National Congress (ANC) Leader Musalia Mudavadi as events unfolded.
On the contrary the Orange Democratic Movement leader Raila Odinga’s body language portrayed marked comfort and camaraderie with Mudavadi whose brain child of the National Super Alliance (NASA) whose big day was on that historic Wednesday at Bomas of Kenya.
If protocol was to be strictly observed Mudavadi should have been the second last to speak before Odinga taking the mantle, but in a manner suggesting the slighting of the ANC boss was made to address the gathering before Wetangula who is his junior in pecking political order.
That is more so considering the fact that the Bungoma County Senator whose county and community are facing massive raids to grab defectors by the Jubilee governing regime has since withdrawn his interests to contest for the Presidency but go for the county’s governorship while Mudavadi is seriously manipulating to be the NASA flag bearer.
Wetangula who is greatly opposed to the crowning of Mudavadi as the spokesman of the communities of the western Kenya region has since influenced a Ford Kenya nominated Member of Parliament Patrick Wangamati from the same Bungoma county and community like him to bring together a forum this week to ostensibly discuss this development spearheaded by the Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU) boss Francis Atwoli.
Though the choice of Mudavadi was professionally conducted through a scientific polling by the University of Nairobi commissioned by Atwoli and involving more than 2500 respondents from the Western Kenya region, Wetangula who failed to attend the historic Bukhungu occasion with alacrity has since publicly declared that Mudavadi may as well be Atwoli’s spokesman.
However, who really needs a spokesman and a central unifying leader? The COTU boss Francis Atwoli or the highly divided numerically large in number communities of Western Kenya who perennially are used to catapult Presidents into power after which they are dumped.
Interestingly when it was the turn of Musyoka to speak, in the background the Kakamega Senator was busy crowning Odinga with huts complete with the party colours of ODM, Wiper, the ANC and Ford Kenya – a matter which visibly riled Musyoka prompting to temporarily stop his speech for the Raila crowning activity to be finished.
This alone to which virtually every press or media camera covering the event zoomed in to capture the crowning away from Musyoka’s speaking from the podium clearly sent a message meaning that Odinga is the chosen or preferred NASA flag bearer to fight out and try to oust the incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta during this year’s August general elections.
However, it could also be a deliberate ploy to hoodwink the Jubilee camp to sleep with their typical overconfidence in easily beating Raila Odinga, when the reality is that the real NASA flag bearer remains concealed until the very last minute to be revealed to get the Jubilee coalition off guard.
What is emerging is the fact that there must be something fishy that Raila and Mudavadi are cooking going by the developments that have been unfolding between the two since early 2016 to this very day.
Therefore it goes without mincing words that the personalities to watch in the nascent NASA are these two leaders with all possibilities that Musyoka may end up being relegated to the position of running mate while Wetangula to that of mere escort.
The most critical questions here are of the three top NASA personalities who have the largest number of their respective regions if each individual region is galvanized to vote as a bloc for the NASA flag bearer? Is it Raila Odinga, Musalia Mudavadi or Kalonzo Musyoka?
At the moment what is clear is that Wetangula desperately needs to back to Bungoma and Trans Nzoia Counties to stem the ruthless raids that Jubilee is making in his own home county and neighbor.
Indeed it is a well-known fact that many elected leaders from the two counties have since defected to Jubilee party mostly after being compromised by financial inducements, led by Bumgoma Governor Ken Lusaka and Cabinet Secretary for Water and Irrigation Eugene Wamalwa who literally sold and dissolved New ford Kenya to become part and parcel of Jubilee.
The raids by President Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto have since seen politicians like former Ford Kenya boss Musikari Kombo, Dr. Noah Wekesa, Saboti legislator David Wafula among others.
To crown everything in the raids the Jubilee regime has offered top national jobs to personalities hailing from Bungoma County as others were completely ignored the most recent being the zeroing in on the retired Anglican Church Archbishop Eliud Wabukala for the Chairmanship of the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC).
Others are the looming appointment of High court lawyer Wafula Chebukati to chair the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC whose Chief Executive Ezra Chiloba also hails from Bungoma County.
It is from this background that Mudavadi having emerged winner in the Nairobi University polling with 39 per cent against Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya and Wetangula’s who tied at 33 per cent the biggest challenge the ANC boss must surmount in his ground is the unification of the communities living there not only to register in massive numbers but also vote as a bloc.