10 October 2012

Kenya: PNU and TNA to Sign Poll Pact

Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta's TNA party will tomorrow formally seal a pact with President Kibaki's PNU that will see the two parties work together.

The coalition pact will see PNU support the candidature of Uhuru for presidency after its top decision making organ, National Executive Council, approved the resolution unanimously yesterday.

PNU acting chairman Gideon Konchella said the meeting was convened to approve the decision to join TNA, which was arrived at by the party's management committee meeting last week.

"The salient points of this agreement will be to achieve electoral victory in the 2013 general election for all elective positions countrywide," Konchella said.

He was accompanied by secretary general Amos Kimunya, vice chairman Jimmy Angwenyi, organising secretary Maina Kamanda among other NEC members.

The agreement, seen by the Star, provides that PNU will not field any candidate individually for any elective seat but participate in the Joint TNA nomination with the winning candidate running under TNA.

Consequently, members of PNU who are seeking any elective post will have to apply for membership of TNA on or before October 17, in compliance with the law.

PNU has also been barred from issuing certificates of nomination for any candidate seeking elective office. Article 16.3 states that the agreement will not affect each political party's entitlement to money from the Political Party Fund.

"For the purposes of computing the entitlement from the Political Parties Fund under Article 16.3 above and in particular that of the Party of National Unity, candidates who will have been successfully elected in the General Elections and will have joined the National Alliance Party for the purpose of contesting in the said elections, will be aggregated and the total sum will be the basis for a prorated allocation of the money received from the Political Parties Fund," the pact reads.

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