The Star (Nairobi)

30 November 2012

Kenya: I Am in ODM to Stay, Says Langat

Kericho — Energy assistant minister Magerer Langat yesterday said he is in the Orange Democratic Movement to stay.

He dismissed rumours circulating in Kericho county that he was about to decamp to William Ruto's United Republican Party.

"I am prepared to defend the Kipkelion West parliamentary seat on an ODM ticket in the general election and have no time to seek favours from mushrooming parties," he said.

The defection speculation comes in the wake of Betreace Kones and Joyce Laboso's defection from ODM to URP, leaving Langat and Roads minister Franklin Bett as the only Kipsigis ODM leaders from South Rift.

"Am here to state categorically that am in ODM to stay and that i have no intentions whatsoever to leave the party for any other" Magerer said.

Magerer was speaking to his subjects at Ngedalel market,Lesirwo location in the new Kipkelion West parliamentary seat after registering as voter at local registration center.

He said ODM , was still the most popular party in the country and there was no reason as to why the party should not form the next government with Raila being the president.

"ODM is so far the best party due to its national outstanding manifesto that was out to ensure the new constitution was fully implemented"Magerer said.

He Called on Kipkelion residents to register en-mass as voters in readiness for the next general elections and ensure peace prevailed during and after general elections.

"We are expecting the registration of voters to jump from 80,0000 as per last general election figure to 100,000 voters in this electioneering period" Magerer Langat said.

He said the new Kipkelion West constituency is targeting same 50,000 voters with the sister Kipkelion East seat targeting a similar figure.

Referring to the 2007 post election violence,Magerer told the residents of the cosmopolitan Kipkelion East and West to ensure peace prevailed during and after the election.

As one of the blacklisted 2007/8 post election violence hotspot in the country,Magerer said the lesson learnt t on massive destruction of property and loss of life should be allowed to feature again over political differences .

On Prime minister Raila Odinga running mate,Magerer said he and Cabinet ministers Franklin Bett,Henry Koske,Ababu Namwamba are going to forward applications to Raila seeking to be considered as his running mate a head of the next genera elections.

Magerer said he and the three ministers are the most suitable candidates for the deputy president slot should Raila win as the president to succeed President Mwai Kibaki.

The Kipkelion Member of parliament said any one of them had the credentials and was equal to the task to deputized the prime minister.

Magerer said the newly struck deal between Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto as president and deputy president respectively will force one o them to defect to the others party since both cannot come from different parties

"Its either for Uhuru to defect to Rutos URP or Rutos to defect to Uhurus TNA party but the two cannot come from different parties" Magerer said.

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