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Six-hour meeting as 'divisions hit NASA'

NASA supporters at a past campaign rally. [Photo|Nasa coalition]

The Opposition coalition, the National Super Alliance (Nasa) held a six-hour closed door meeting, Tuesday, a move that saw postponement of a highly anticipated announcement.

Present during the meeting were all the five Nasa principals, Raila Odinga (leader), Kalonzo Musyoka (deputy), Musalia Mudavadi, Moses Wetangula and Isaac Ruto.

Others include James Orengo, and Johnson Muthama.

Daily Nation reports that saw the leaders examine presidential election Forms 34A and 34B from the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), with aim to find out if the results declared the electoral body, were at per, with those contained in the forms.

“We had a marathon meeting from 9am up to 3pm to discuss several issues. We have scanned through the forms and I can tell you we are very pleased with what we saw,” said Wetangula, who is also the Bungoma Senator elect.

However, the daily noted that a source who attended the meeting, said the Nasa principals were divided over the next course of action, after losing in the presidential election, which saw Uhuru Kenyatta declared president elect.

It is alleged that one group preferred a call to mass action, while another was opposed to the move, to avoid a confrontational approach that could lead to deaths and injuries of citizens and loss of property.

"They also argued that such an approach, besides being sure to achieve very little, will take away any support they have from the international community," reported Daily Nation, Wednesday August 16.

The principals also agreed with Raila, he should not concede defeat, since it would not only amount to endorsing a 'stolen election', but also perpetuate similar incidents in future.

They further agreed with an earlier statement, that they would not file a petition at the Supreme Court to challenge the presidential election results, after what happened when they did the same in the 2013 general election.

Nasa is scheduled to issue an announcement, over the way forward, Wednesday August 16.

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