Raila defends Ndii, Magaya from Miguna’s accusations

NASA leader Raila Odinga addresses the press on the general election, August 9, 2017. PHOTO: COURTESY.

Nairobi,KENYA: NASA leader Raila Odinga has defended the NASA CEO Norman Magaya and Strategist David Ndii from accusations labeled against them by self-proclaimed NRM general Miguna Miguna that they were working with Jubilee to bring a downfall of the opposition outfit.

In a statement on Monday, Raila said he trusted both Ndii and Magaya.

“My attention has been drawn to reports in sections of the media, attributed to Miguna Miguna, claiming that two of Nasa Secretariat staff are working for Jubilee Party.We wish to make it clear that as a coalition, we have full confidence in Ndii and Magaya, who have dedicated time and resources working for Nasa’s course.” Raila said.

On Sunday, Miguna alleged that Magaya accepted a sh. 30 million loan from Jubilee to withdraw a petition against Nairobi governor Mike Sonko in retaliation for his failed nomination to the East Africa Legislative assembly, while insinuating that the NASA strategist David Ndii had a hand in the Kalonzo Musyoka skipping the NASA ‘inauguration’ ceremony last month.

“Ndii opposed the swearing in and threatened to lead a walkout from NASA of Kalonzo et al. Ndii shouted at me and made the threats in person in my house.’’ Miguna wrote.

Miguna also accused Magaya and Ndii of trying to edge him in plans involving the now outlawed Nasa resistance movement in a conference call with NASA supporters in the diaspora.

“First, I take issue with the fact that you purported to speak on behalf of the NRMKe, a movement you have not been part of.I am aware that none of my fellow NRMKe leaders had been informed about your conference call nor had you had the courtesy of contacting me, as the NRMKe General, before, during or after my illegal abduction, detention and purported deportation.” Miguna wrote.

Miguna questioned the circumstances under which  Magaya and Ndii appointed acting NRM leaders without consulting him.

“Second, you purported to have unilaterally appointed “acting NRMKe leaders.I wish to remind you that leaders for movements aren’t appointed; they emerge organically from the movement.Third, you have apparently announced that you will unveil the NRMKe “constitution and president’s council.” I have no idea what these are except to reiterate the point that movements aren’t NGOs or political parties and they don’t have written constitutions for very good reasons.” Miguna added.

Miguna who announced that he will return to the country soon after the court ruled that his deportation was unlawful, heads the Nasa resistance Movement while Ndii is a strategist in the formation of the people’s assembly; both which share a common ground which is the rejection of the Jubilee government’s legitimacy.