8 November 2012

Kenya: Uhuru's TNA, Four Other Parties Solidify Pact

Uhuru Kenyatta's party, The National Alliance (TNA), has formally kicked off the process of formalising an alliance with William Ruto's United Republican Party (URP) and three other outfits, as the December 4 deadline for such alliances fast approaches.

Kenyatta was on Thursday morning holed up in a meeting with Ruto, Charity Ngilu of the National Alliance Rainbow Coalition (NARC), Eugene Wamalwa of New Ford Kenya and Najib Balala of the Republican Congress Party.

After the meeting, Nominated MP Musikari Kombo said the five party leaders had resolved to form a working committee to iron out details of the political alliance.

"This will be a coalition of ideas, issues that face our nation and provision of solutions on challenges that our people face. Towards that end the party leaders agreed to immediately begin development of the necessary instruments to formalise the said coalition," said the Nominated MP.

"In the coming days, the issues that were discussed this morning will start to crystallise and the solutions by the like-minded leaders will be presented across all the 47 counties of our beloved republic."

MPs Kiema Kilonzo (Mutito), Chirau Mwakwere (Matuga) and Adan Duale (Dujis) also attended the meeting which was held at Kenyatta's residence near State House.

The meeting came a day after Kenyatta led a delegation to a meeting with Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza in Bujumbura. On October 21, he had led another delegation to meet Tanzania's Jakaya Kikwete in Dar-es-Salaam.

The trips are widely interpreted as attempts by Kenyatta to solidify support from regional leaders as he sticks to his campaign for the presidency despite facing charges for crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court.

"The government and the president of Burundi asserted that Kenya, as a sovereign state, has the right to elect leaders of their own choice without undue interference from any external forces," Kombo said of the meeting with Nkurunziza.

"The president reiterated that Burundi looks up to Kenya as a role model on democracy and strives to emulate her as a beacon of political maturity and constitutionalism in the region," he added.

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