Capital FM (Nairobi)

4 October 2012

Kenya: Uhuru, Ruto, Kalonzo in Fresh Coalition Talks

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Nairobi — Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta, Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka, and Eldoret North MP William Ruto on Thursday revived talks of a possible coalition ahead of the 2013 General Election.

The three who associate under the G7 Alliance met at the Norfolk Hotel but did not come out with any agreement following close to three hours of consultations.

Eldoret North MP William Ruto who addressed journalists after the meeting said that they met to discuss possibilities of forming a coalition.

Ruto said: "The country is preparing itself for the next General Election and there are consultations going on; we have been consulting as part of taking this political game to the next level."

Ruto insisted that the talks will be intensified with other like-minded parties ahead of the deadlines outlined in law for the formation of coalitions. He expressed confidence that the elections will be peaceful.

"The Constitution places on us timelines for various activities to be met. It is therefore necessary for us- in consultations with others- to begin to chat a clear political direction for the country. We are confident that the country will have a peaceful election and that the polls will be based on issues," he added.

The Political Parties Act provides that: "A coalition agreement entered into before an election shall be deposited with the Registrar at least three months before that election."

The law on parties also provides that a post election coalition be deposited with the Registrar of Political Parties within 21 days of the signing of the coalition agreement.

A source at the meeting confirmed that that the three leaders explored options of a pre-election coalition and that of a post-election coalition and that the parties agreed to consult further on the mode of engagement between them.

A source who did not wish to be named as discussing the 'lunchtime' meeting told Capital FM News that: "There are only three months left; if a coalition agreement is to be deposited at the Registrar, there are issues that need to be explored before such an agreement is reached and so far they have not."

The meeting is said to have been convened by the Vice President who was first to arrive at the venue where he was joined by Ruto and Kenyatta.

The G7 alliance has for months kept low profile as its proponents focused on building their own political parties following their compliance with the Political Parties Act.

Thursday's meeting came just two days after pollster Ipsos Synovate indicated that Prime Minister Raila Odinga would lose an election run-off to either Kenyatta or Musalia Mudavadi.

The poll showed that Kenyatta would win by 50 percent in a run-off with Odinga who would manage 42 percent with eight percent of undecided voters.

In a run-off between Mudavadi and Odinga, the DPM would garner 47 percent to Odinga's 43 percent.

Ipsos Synovate Managing Director Margaret Ireri said Kenyatta would be the biggest beneficiary in the event fellow G7 members Kalonzo Musyoka and William Ruto dropped off in the first round.

"Both Odinga and Kenyatta retain majority of their supporters in round two of voting but Uhuru will benefit most form the absence of other candidates getting 81 percent of support from William Ruto, 63 percent from Kalonzo Musyoka, 53 percent Martha Karua and 58 percent from Mudavadi," said Ireri on Tuesday.

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