Capital FM (Nairobi)

7 December 2012

Kenya: Legal Teams Craft Jubilee Coalition Nomination Rules

Nairobi — Legal teams under the Jubilee Coalition on Friday agreed on a college system for presidential nominations in which the three member parties will have 20 delegates per county.

According to sources, the committee made up of Uhuru Kenyatta's The National Alliance (TNA), The United Democratic Forum (UDF) of Musalia Mudavadi and William Ruto's United Republican Party (URP) agreed that voting will be by secret ballot.

However, the committee decided to co-opt positions of expected new entrants to the coalition.

The nomination team spent the better part of Friday drafting nomination rules even as an internal row simmered over who between Kenyatta and Mudavadi should be the alliance's flag bearer.

Sources indicated to Capital FM News that committee members include former anti-corruption boss Aaron Ringera, Mandera Central MP Abdikadir Mohammed and Laikipia West MP Nderitu Muriithi.

Other members include legal officers and Jubilee members Jasper Mbiuki, David Chirchir, Fred Ngatia and Kipchumba Murkomen.

Capital FM News also learnt that there was a secret meeting with MPs mainly from the Mt Kenya region who have vowed to quit the Jubilee Coalition if Kenyatta steps down for Mudavadi. The meeting that started at 9.30am ended at 4.30 pm although the details remained scanty.

Finance Minister Njeru Githae who spoke to the media later in the evening urged for sobriety and urged the TNA members to be patient as the nomination committee was working on rules which will be presented to the three principals of the parties.

He said it was also premature to start settling on a candidate before the committee works on its strategies for the coalition.

"My appeal to the three parties especially MPs from TNA, is that they should relax... take things easy, everything is under control. There is no cause for alarm and in good time they will be informed of nomination rules. Let's give the three principals time. They have 14 days and all issues that TNA members were talking about will be sorted in due time," he asserted.

The minister further urged them to approach the settlement of a presidential candidate with a sober mind and be ready to support the presidential candidate who will be elected or appointed. "In a coalition, what they should be telling their members is that whoever is appointed or selected to be the flag bearer we should all support him."

Githae also dismissed allegations that there were forces putting pressure on Kenyatta to step down for UDF's Mudavadi.

"There is nobody putting pressure on Kenyatta. In any case he is a gentleman, nobody is capable of putting pressure on him. He is firm, he will make a decision which is in the best interest of the country, it is not individual basis," he acknowledged.

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