Duale: Raila Odinga is a brand

The National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale has showered praise on Nasa chief principal Raila Odinga referring to him as a “brand”, who should not be used as a ladder by political nonentities to demand for bigger favours that they don’t deserve.

Speaking at the National Assembly on Wednesday, March 14, Mr Duale urged Nasa affiliate parties to refrain from piling undue pressure on the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) Party after its leader, Raila Odinga, entered into a peace deal with President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Mr Duale says Wiper, ANC and Ford Kenya parties have minimal numbers in both Houses of Parliament compared to ODM, and therefore they shouldn’t feel that they have an inherent right to demand for equal treatment, when it comes to negotiations with the State.

Likening the political parties to shareholders in a business, Mr Duale said the biggest shareholder has the biggest say, when it comes to top notch discussions at board level.

Mr Duale suggested that ODM is the biggest shareholder in Nasa, and should not be blackmailed by Wiper, Ford-Kenya and Amani, which, he says, are not acting in good faith, when demanding to be part of a pact, which Mr Odinga and President Kenyatta entered into on behalf of Kenya’s leading political formations – Jubilee and Nasa.

Mr Duale further stated that Mr Odinga’s political stature matches that of President Kenyatta, and it only makes sense if top notch talks are held by the two leaders.

“Raila Odinga is a brand; a statesman who has a reputation to protect,” said Mr Duale.

The Garissa Township MP’s remarks came just a few hours after Wiper Party leader, Kalonzo Musyoka, said he, just like Mr Odinga, should dialogue with Mr Kenyatta.

Mr Musyoka, who was speaking in Machakos on Wednesday, March 14, said talks between the Opposition and the Government should be “all-inclusive”.

Mr Musyoka’s remarks were echoed by Emuhaya legislator Omboko Milemba, who said Nasa is a coalition, and not a party like Jubilee, and, therefore, Mr Odinga cannot say he was speaking on behalf of Nasa, given the coalition’s principals had not been roped in in the March 9 truce pursuit between President Kenyatta and Mr Odinga.

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