16 February 2012

Kenya: G7 Alliance Is Not Falling Apart

So, is the leader of the Wiper Democratic Party, on the verge of being wiped off the list of G7 members? Well, early Thursday, leaders of that ... ( Resource: G7 Team Seeks to Push Out VP Over Mutula )

The Star lead story on February 14, 2012 headlined 'Uhuru, Ruto to abandon VP Kalonzo' flies in the face of facts. It is simply not true that the G7 Alliance is fragmenting.

The story, quoting "multiple sources" close to Uhuru and Ruto, attempts to paint a picture of suspicion in the alliance with Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka being on the verge of being jettisoned by his allies, facts on the ground suggest otherwise.

Contrary to The Star's story, there has been nothing but show of unity in the alliance since the confirmation of charges against presidential aspirants Uhuru and Ruto by the ICC three weeks ago. Immediately the ICC made its decision, Kalonzo expressed his solidarity with his allies and made it clear that the confirmation of the charges does not in any way affect the alliance and its plans to field a single presidential candidate.

In the last few weeks, Kalonzo, Uhuru, Ruto and other leaders have also been engaged in a whirlwind of joint prayer meetings cum political rallies across the country, preaching peace and promising their supporters that they will stick together until the elections expected later this year or early next year.

In one such rally held last Sunday in Machakos, all the presidential aspirants vowed to come up with one candidate to fly the alliance's flag in the elections. The leaders have used every opportunity to deny persistent rumours that the alliance is about to collapse. Kalonzo himself has been very frank, telling the rallies that he is there for the long haul, notwithstanding who wins the presidential nominations. It beats logic why anyone would insist on propagating the "imminent split" propaganda.

The allegation that Justice Minister Mutula Kilonzo's stand on Uhuru and Ruto's candidature in the next elections is causing tension in the alliance does not hold any water either. The Wiper Party has been categorical that Mutula's opinion does not represent the party's or Kalonzo's position on the matter.

Mutula himself has never claimed to be speaking for the Wiper Party. Although he is the party secretary-general, he has always made it clear that he is speaking in his capacity as Justice Minister. The party has in fact gone on record reprimanding the Justice Minister on his views.

Party vice chairman David Musila was quoted by the star terming Mutula's statements as personal. "They do not reflect the position or views of the Wiper Democratic Party. No organ of the party sat to make such a decision and no official of the WDMP including its leader consulted with Hon Mutula before he made his statements," The Star of January 21 quoted Musila as saying.

It is my considered opinion that these allegations that the Kalonzo, Uhuru, Ruto, Wamalwa, Mwakwere alliance is on the throes of a break up are artificially manufactured by their opponents who would be obvious beneficiaries of such a disintegration.

There is little dispute that if the five remained together to the elections, they would be a force so powerful that no one would be able to stop it. A candidate backed by the five would in fact be a shoo-in, winning with a comfortable margin in the first round. It is only understandable then that those who are afraid of the alliance's potential will do everything in their power to break it up - including manufacture and peddle tall tales.

The author is the Media and Communications Advisor to the Vice President.

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