7 December 2012

Kenya: Kalonzo Attends ODM National Delegates Conference

The ODM national delegates conference is underway at the Moi Sports Center Kasarani. Over 6000 delegates and invited guests are expected to attend the convention that has been convened to endorse the CORD alliance arrangement that ODM signed with FORD-Kenya and Wiper Democratic Movement at the Kenyatta International Conference on Tuesday.

Delegates are still arriving, but party leader Prime Minister Raila Odinga has already arrived along with party chairman Henry Kosgey and secretary general Anyang' Nyongo'. Other party leaders present are Margaret Wanjiru, Ali Hassan Joho, and Franklin Bett.

Also present at the event are Wiper Democratic Movement party leader Kalonzo Musyoka and Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai as invited guests..

The Political Parties Act requires that all coalitions between parties be endorsed by party organs. ODM on Tuesday signed a coalition with Wiper Democratic Movement and FORD-Kenya ahead of the March 4 general elections next year.

As a means to popularise ODM ahead of the polls, the party has changed its slogan from "Chungua moja maisha bora", to "ODM tuko tayari".

Other parties that have formed a coalition prior to the December 4 deadline are URP-TNA-UDF under Ruto, Uhuru and Mudavadi, and POA-KNC under Tuju and Kenneth respectively.

Earlier in the week, speculation was rife that Henry Kosgey would be resigning from his chairman role in ODM and defecting to URP, but his presence at the conference is contrary to that expectation.

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