25 November 2012

Kenya: I Am Open to Talks With Uhuru - Mudavadi

Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi has said he is ready to discussion a possible coalition with his counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta, as the December 4 deadline for such pacts fast approaches.

Mudavadi said he was open to talks with "friends in other parties" to ensure unity of purpose towards electing a leadership that peacefully transits the country.

"I remain open, will continue and will not tire to encourage discussions that will lead to a peaceful election and stable Kenya. I have not closed the door even to my brother Uhuru," Mudavadi said in Baricho, Kirinyaga on Sunday.

He said the country is faced with monumental tasks of implementing the constitution and ensuring that self-governance is achieved through counties can not be done if leadership is divided.

"I know where the fault lines are and that is why I am not ashamed to ask for your votes because I stand for peace and reconciliation," he said.

Mudavadi was reacting to an appeal by Finance Minister Njeru Githae's for a coalition between Mudavadi and Kenyatta.

"You and Uhuru are making it very difficult for me to choose between two friends. But if you unite, you will have the election sealed in the morning of March 4. And I am going to do my best to lock you in a room till you agree," pleaded Githae.

The two were speaking during the opening of the new Baricho ACK church, in Kerugoya on Sunday. They were accompanied by MPs Stanley Githunguri, Jeremiah Kioni, Nderitu Muriithi, George Nyamweya, and Royal Media Chairman SK Macharia and former State House Comptroller Matere Kereri.

The United Democratic Forum presidential candidate who is on a three day campaign of Kirinyaga, Nyeri and Embu counties challenged the electorate to vote for Kenya and not ethnic affiliations.

"Think through before you vote because through your vote, you are the one who will determine whether Kenya is peaceful or not. Do not let us politicians misguide you," he said.

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