There seems to be hope for the revival of the embattled National Super Alliance (NASA) after all even as its leading lights continue throwing barbs at each other.
This comes after Amani National Congress (ANC) leader Musalia Mudavadi said there were efforts to remedy the hiccups that caused the misunderstanding within the alliance that faced President Uhuru Kenyatta's Jubilee Party in the last General Election in 2017.
One of the major issues that ail the alliance is a difference in sharing of proceeds from the political parties’ funds.
Raila Odinga’s Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) is accused of hoarding the funds from the other NASA affiliate parties; Mudavadi’s ANC, Kalonzo Musyoka’s Wiper Party and Moses Wetangula’s Ford Kenya.
Mudavadi also mentioned the matter of trust as one of the issues that caused the rift to widen in NASA after losing in the last election.
“You can put things on paper, but if the leaders are not working on the basis of trust, what is on paper may not be good enough,” Mudavadi said.
As is always the case, trust among partners is usually put to test whenever money is concerned.
The three NASA luminaries have put Kalonzo in charge of the talks to negotiate for their share of the proceeds in question on their behalf.
They hope to come to an understanding and resolve the thorny issue that has rocked the alliance for the past four years as they refer to an agreement they had in black and white.
However, ODM maintains that the funds received so far were proceeds from its feat in the 2017 elections.
At the moment the parties within the alliance seem to be pulling in different directions with ODM favouring the idea of forming an alliance with Jubilee ahead of the 2022 general election.
ANC, Wiper and Ford Kenya already have already formed One Kenya Alliance with KANU’s Gideon Moi without inviting ODM to the party and Mudavadi and Kalonzo had only recently ruled out any plans to revive NASA telling off Raila for making such insinuations.
Mudavadi, however, noted that there was still room for political alignments and realignments that are yet to be witnessed ahead of the 2022 general election.