By NJ Correspondent:
The National Super Alliance (NASA) has suffered a big blow after 30 politicians from Northern Kenya left ODM, one of the affiliate parties, to President Uhuru’s Jubilee on Tuesday.
Leaders from Marsabit County led by Governor Ukur Yattani, four MPs, 25 MCAs decamped to Jubilee accompanied by more than 300 elders representing the 15 communities living in the County on a tour to State House to meet President Kenyatta vowing for his re-election bid on August polls.
The politicians led by the governor were Chachu Ganya (North Horr MP), Roba Duba (Moyale MP), Joseph Lekuton (Laisamis) and Nasra Ibrahim (Women Rep).
Governor Yattani said he decamped from ODM to another party identified as Frontier Alliance Party, which supports the re-election of President Kenyatta.
He noted that their line-up has joined collectively one party, this translating to no one is an opposition since the incumbent governor and the aspiring governor and all other aspirants are all on the party.
“We have decided to leave the opposition because the people of Marsabit are very grateful for the wonderful projects implemented by Jubilee administration in the County including the construction of the tarmac road,” said Yattani.
He said infrastructure has been improved citing how a journey – from Moyale to Nairobi – that used to take four days now takes six or seven hours because of the construction of the tarmac road.
“Now there is a bus that travels from Mombasa to Addis Ababa through Moyale and that is one of the reasons that the people of Marsabit will all vote for you,” he added.
Leaders affirmed that there will be competition among the aspirants on all elective positions at the County level, but for the Presidential they have unanimously agreed to vote for President Uhuru overwhelmingly as the people of Marsabit.
President Uhuru on his part appreciated the position taken by the Marsabit Governor, MPs, MCAs and their supporters and vowed to work with them.
The current move by Jubilee administration is likely to weaken NASA in the North Eastern and some counties of Coast regions.
This also comes barely a day after Governor of Tana River Hussein Dado, Salem Mvurya (Kwale Governor), Ken Lusaka (Bungoma Governor), Taita Taveta Senator Dan Mwanzo and many more prominent leaders decamped from the opposition to President Uhuru’s party.
Three other ODM MPs, 25 MCAs from Wajir County have on Monday last week, March 6 led representatives from the Degodia community to the Jubilee Party saying they are fed up being in position and opted to join the ruling government amid 2017 polls.
Contribution Sources: PSCU