The Star (Nairobi)

10 December 2012

Kenya: Mudavadi, Wetangula Ditched Us - Wamalwa

PRESIDENTIAL hopeful Eugene Wamalwa has accused Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi and Trade Minister Moses Wetangula of frustrating efforts to unite presidential aspirants from Western province.

Wamalwa said Mudavadi and Wetangula aborted talks between five presidential aspirants from the region to present a single candidate at the next general elections.

"Jirongo and I initiated talks between all presidential aspirants from Western. We drafted an agreement and even formed a technical committee to work on modalities for the region to have a single candidate by January 4," said Wamalwa.

"We gave the agreement to Mudavadi, Wetangula and Bifwoli Wakoli but Mudavadi and Wetangula bolted and one went for Jubilee and another for Cord coalitions leaving me and Jirongo alone," he added.

Wamalwa spoke during a meeting for Pambazuka coalition aspirants at Kakamega's Golf hotel on Saturday where Jirongo was present. Pambazuka is between Wamalwa's New Ford Kenya, Jirongo's UDM and Biwot's Kanu.

The aspirants resolved to mount aggressive campaigns to mobilize residents of the region to register as voters in large numbers starting this week.

Wamalwa said that that his Pambazuka coalition was still courting other parties to join it adding that the coalition was also in talks with other coalitions. Jirongo said that Namable MP Chris Okemo and Planning Minister Wycliffe Oparanya were part of the Pambazuka coalition.

He said that political deals by politicians to beat the December 4 deadline to deposit coalition agreements with the registrar of political parties had exposed genuine leaders and self seekers.

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