The Star (Nairobi)

24 May 2012

Kenya: UDF to Back ODM in Run-Off, Says Washiali

An MP who ditched ODM to join UDF has said that UDF members will back ODM should its party leader fail to go for round two of the presidential contest.

Speaking at Shianda market on Wednesday Mumias MP Ben Washiali said the country's politics has gone tribal with people grouping themselves in cocoons making it difficult for presidential aspirants to garner the required majority votes from across the country.

Washiali defected from the Orange party two weeks ago and joined UDF led by Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi. He said UDF party members from Western will support for "should Mudavadi fail to reach the run-off stage of the presidential race". "I am however content that we shall agree to rally our support behind the Prime Minister Raila Odinga and his ODM party," Washiali said.

He said part of the plans include setting terms and conditions on how they will benefit from their support. "We shall put in writing the benefits we shall get out of the agreement which should include improved infrastructure and job opportunities for our people," the MP said. He asked UDF party members to be on standby "because we shall come back and tell you our second option. But as Western, we shall cross to our neighbours from the lake."

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