10 December 2012

Kenya: Raila Behaving Like a Jilted Lover - TNA

The National Alliance party on Monday accused Prime Minister Raila Odinga of dishonesty after branding Jubilee Alliance as corrupt, simply because they are not in his Coalition for Reform and Democracy.

TNA Secretary General Onyango Oloo said it was surprising that Odinga did not see Eldoret North MP William Ruto and Deputy Prime Minister Musalia as corrupt when he was approaching them to join his party.

"A few weeks ago Kenyans, we were treated to the spectacle of the prime minister literally begging Ruto to be his running mate. He sent his machinery to plead with Mudavadi to be his running mate. When did he associate them with corruption yet he wanted them to be his running mate... is it because they refused?" he wondered during an interview with Capital FM News.

He was responding to a challenge by the PM that those in the Jubilee Alliance should tell Kenyans what they will do to return looted public property.

Oloo instead challenged Odinga to revert the Kisumu Molasses plant to the public if he was serious about returning 'stolen' public property.

"It cannot be they were saints while in the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) and become devils while in any other alliance. Raila should stop behaving like a jilted lover and promise Kenyans what he means by restoring Kisumu Molasses."

Oloo said the Prime Minister should not wait to become president for him to restore the Kisumu Molasses plant.

In the meantime, disquiet that threatened to split the Jubilee Alliance fizzled out after TNA leader Uhuru Kenyatta made it clear he would not step down for Musalia Mudavadi but will face him in the Jubilee Alliance presidential primaries.

One of the MPs who was among those leading the rebellion Kareke Mbiuki told Capital FM News that they were content, after Kenyatta made it clear he will only quit the presidential race if he loses to Mudavadi in fair nominations.

Mbiuki says they are now ready to support whoever will win after the nominations scheduled for next week.

He argued most dissatisfied MPs from the Mount Kenya region are now happy since the coalition has met the demand for Kenyatta and Mudavadi to undergo nominations.

"We are now waiting for the technical team which is preparing the nomination rules. Our problem was the boardroom affair of deciding Kenyatta should step down for Mudavadi. They have now agreed on a nomination process and we will support whoever will win," he declared.

Sources said the six-member committee drafting the nomination rules for the Jubilee Alliance was working round the clock to finalise the procedures in time.

Last week, the committee agreed to have The National Alliance, United Republican Party and the United Democratic Forum to enrol 20 members each from the 47 counties to participate in a secret ballot vote.

The Jubilee Alliance comprises Kenyatta's TNA, Mudavadi's UDF and Eldoret North MP William Ruto's URP.

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