7 December 2012

Kenya: I Have No Interest in Coalitions - Kibaki

State House on Friday denied media reports alleging interference in the formation of political coalitions by President Mwai Kibaki and his confidants.

A statement released by the Presidential Press Service said President Kibaki has vowed to respect the choice of Kenyans at the ballot.

"We wish to state that President Kibaki remains focused on his service to the nation and peaceful elections and transition and should not be dragged in ongoing political activities," the statement read.

The statement says that the president is a democrat and will respect the wishes of the Kenyan people now and after the March 2013 General Election.

"The president reiterates to Kenyans that elections come and go. What's indeed fundamental is that Kenyans continue to enjoy better and greater development, peace and security now and after 04/03/2012," the statement indicated.

There was wide speculation initially that Musalia Mudavadi who is the United Democratic Forum (UDF) party leader is "a State House Project."

Uhuru Kenyatta, William Ruto and Mudavadi agreed on Tuesday evening that Ruto would remain the coalition's running mate but that Kenyatta and Mudavadi would within 14 days face off in nominations for the Jubilee Coalition's presidential ticket.

They agreed the person who loses out in the nominations will be the House Majority Leader in Parliament.

There was palpable tension on Thursday within the TNA-URP-UDF alliance after a group of 40 MPs allied to Kenyatta threatened a mass walk-out if the Gatundu South MP is not the presidential candidate.

The Kenyatta-allied MPs read mischief at what they said was a scheme by powerful individuals to have the DPM step down in favour of his fellow Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi, in the March 4 elections.

The MPs accused a group of powerful individuals of working behind the scenes to have Mudavadi as the alliance presidential candidate and warned that they would not succumb to the pressure.

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