The Independent (Kampala)

Kenya: Wiper Party Endorses Kalonzo As a Presidential Candidate

The Kenyan Vice president Dr Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka has today on Monday been endorsed by his Wiper Democratic Movement (WDM) party delegates as the presidential candidate.

Nominated MP Shakila Abdalla proposed the endorsement that was seconded by John Cheruiyot, a delegate from Nandi County.

Earlier, Wiper Secretary General Mutula Kilonzo said the objectives of the conference were to endorse Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka as its presidential candidate and also to endorse the Coalition for Reform and Democracy (Cord) pre-election deal.

Cord members including Prime Minister Raila Odinga of ODM, Ford-Kenya's Moses Wetangula and the People's Democratic Party (PDP) led by former South Mugirango MP Omingo Magara attended the meeting.

The pact involving the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), Wiper Democratic Movement (Wiper), Ford Kenya and 11 other political parties was signed at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre, Nairobi last Tuesday.

In the agreement, Mr Musyoka and Prime Minister Mr Odinga did not announce who would be the presidential candidate or running mate

Other parties in that signed the Cord alliance include the National Rainbow Coalition (Narc) led by Water Minister Charity Ngilu, PDP led by Omingo Magara, and Kenya Social Congress (KSC) of leglator George Anyona, who died in 2003.

Mkenya Solidarity associated with former Mungiki leader Maina Njenga, Kalembe Ndile's Tip, Chama Cha Uzalendo, Kaddu Asili, the United Democratic Movement (UDM), Agano and Muungano form part of the Cord mix.

The leaders of the parties appended their signatures to the agreement after Mr Odinga, Mr Musyoka and Mr Wetang'ula.

The agreement, which was crafted by a team of lawyers representing the coalition partners led by Lands Minister James Orengo (ODM), Education Minister Mutula Kilonzo (Wiper) and Mr Chrisanthus Wamalwa (Ford Kenya) has a clause providing for its amendment to accommodate the interests of other parties interested in joining the coalition.

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