The Star (Nairobi)

10 December 2012

Kenya: Kanu Is in Jubilee Alliance to Stay, Says Gideon Moi

Kanu will stay put in the Jubilee coalition despite a recent revolt by 40 TNA MPs against Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi. The party's chairman, Gedion Moi at the weekend said Kanu had resolved to support Mudavadi in the coalition.

He said Kanu will not back down because of threats and cracks emerging in the alliance. Uhuru Kenyatta (TNA), William Ruto (URP) and Mudavadi (UDF) have entered into a pre-election pact and agreed that Uhuru and Musalia will fight it out in the nomination process that will give the coalition a flag bearer for the March 4 general election.

Moi told UDF allied MPs not to be uncomfortable and wary of Kanu's entry into the coalition. He said Kanu's mission is ensure that the Jubilee coalition fields a strong presidential candidate for a face-off with other candidates in the elections.

"What I am saying is that a frog cannot stop a cow from drinking water from a pond," said Moi. "We entered into a coalition with UDF and Musalia's party entered into a pre-election pact with the Jubilee coalition, so we are all equals."

Moi, who is a son of former President Moi, was speaking during the inauguration of aspirant Hamilton Parseina's who is seeking the Kajiado West parliamentary seat on a Kanu ticket.

He promised to give Parseina both moral and financial support. Moi said Kanu had resolved it will not be fielding a presidential candidate.

He was accompanied by secretary general Nick Salat and other top Kanu officials from Nairobi. TNA's governor aspirant Francis Sakuda endorsed Parseina for the seat.

Elsewhere, Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru said in Mutomo trading centre in Gatundu at the weekend that he is not afraid of going for nominations with his "brother" Mudasalia.

"When results are out, we shall respect the verdict and support whoever is picked as the torch bearer," Said Uhuru. He was accompanied by 15 MPs, including minister Naomi Shaaban. He made several stopovers on his way to Gatundu.

"We came here today to witness this historic moment when our party KANU is installing one of your sons to be our flag bearer in the Maasai land. I promise to give Parseina both moral and financial support and to ensure that we capture the Kajiado West parliamentary seat in the coming elections," Moi told hundreds of local people who turned out for the occasion.

Back to the Mudavadi factor in this Jubilee Coalition; rumour has it that he could be President Mwai Kibaki's pet project. Also, an argument has been made that Mudavadi will be a safer pair of hands in case Ruto and Uhuru re-think their presidential ambitions or are barred from running because their case at the International Criminal Court in the Hague.

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