Wed. Feb 20th, 2019

Why Nasa’s dark horse Moses Wetang’ula may outrun them all

In Summary

•Unlike his co-principals, he is unpredictable and his qualities, political dealings, strengths and weaknesses uncertain.
•Mr Wetang’ula is more brazen and realistic in demonstrating belief and bias towards the Luhya.

He is the dark horse in the Nasa stable: he has not vied for the Presidency nor held the second-highest office in the land, unlike the others.

He also has the shortest political stint of the four.

Yet pundits believe Moses Masika Wetang’ula holds the surprise card to take the Nasa flag.

Because he is pitted against more seasoned opponents — former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and former Vice-Presidents Kalonzo Musyoka and Musalia Mudavadi — political analyst Angela Ambitho believes Wetang’ula may prove handy in ambushing Jubilee rivals.

“In their scheme of things it is unlikely that he is the Nasa principal on the minds of Jubilee strategists, whose candidature they could be plotting to counter,” Ms Ambitho, chief executive of pollster Infotrak Harris, said.

“If packaged well, Mr Wetang’ula could be the ultimate wild card to unleash on the Uhuru campaign.”

She is echoed by Prof Amukowa Anangwe, who teaches political science at the University of Dodoma, Tanzania.

Unlike his co-principals, he is unpredictable and his qualities, political dealings, strengths and weaknesses uncertain, adds the don.

But to effectively execute the “wild card”, Ms Ambitho and Prof Anangwe agree the quartet must comprehend this negotiated avenue and Wetang’ula gets the full backing of Nasa players.

Should he end up as the ‘Chosen One’, it would not be a misplaced favour.

Owing to separation of powers under the Constitution, one can’t run for the top office and Parliament concurrently, meaning losers are locked out of the august House.

WETA AND MUDAVADI EQUATION

In the absence of Odinga and Kalonzo, the Ford-Kenya party leader has spearheaded the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (Cord) agenda in Parliament.

Mudavadi joined the Cord trio only two months ago.