Three Wiper MPs have accused Francis Nyenze of being used by some forces to rock NASA from within mostly those allied with DP Ruto
This followed remarks by the Kitui West MP that the party will pull out of NASA if Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka is denied the presidential ticket.
The lawmakers told journalists at Parliament buildings that the National Assembly Minority Leader was neither speaking for the Wiper party nor the people of the larger Ukambani region.
MPs Robert Mbui (Kathiani), Susan Musyoka (Machakos) and Patrick Makau (Mavoko) spoke just a day after Nyenze strongly claimed that Wiper will bolt from the National Super Alliance if Kalonzo is not handed the coalition’s ticket.
“The comments have caused a lot of anxiety and we want to put the record straight. Nyenze has a democratic right to say what he said but the comments are not representative of the Wiper Democratic Movement,” Mbui said.
“Wiper can only speak through its internal organs and through its party leader.”
They said the legislator should have raised the issues in the national coordinating committee, in which he is a member, rather than causing tension among members.
“Nyenze spoke out of excitement. There is nothing wrong with saying Kalonzo should be named the NASA presidential candidate, but we are in NASA to stay. We are not about to move,” Musyoka, the Machakos woman representative, said.
The press briefing was also attended by Homa Bay Town MP Peter Kaluma of ODM.
On Wednesday Nyenze, a key ally of Kalonzo claimed that he had the blessings of the ex-Vice President.
“I am not speaking for myself…I’m speaking for Musyoka. the Wiper party and the Ukambani nation….even if we sit for one year, we will never get a Presidential candidate,” Nyenze said.
In a dramatic turn of events, Nyenze did not turn up to address the press on Thursday as had been promised by Wiper secretary general Hassan Omar.
He was expected to clarify his statements but was not seen at the presser called by the Wiper MPs.
Kaluma faulted Nyenze for undermining the opposition coalition by making comments outside the NCC.
“We are not in NASA out of choice, but through purpose and need. There is a reason why Kalonzo and Raila are in NASA, and I do not think that Nyenze was speaking on behalf of Wiper. We are asking our people not to be anxious,” he said.
“None of the NASA principals should risk leaving the coalition. Let us be careful when we speak out. On this, Nyenze was not speaking for Kalonzo,” Kaluma added.