11 December 2012

Kenya: Plot to Lock Kanu Out of Jubilee Will Fail, Salat Says

Kanu secretary general Nick Salat has accused a section of Rift Valley leaders of being selfish over plot to lock them out of Jubilee coalition.

Salat said some MPs from the region who feared competition were out to scuttle their involvement in the coalition which also brings together TNA, URP and UDF.

He singled out Chepalungu MP Isaac Ruto as one of the leaders in the region who were trying to frustrate their involvement in the jubilee coalition.

He said Ruto had failed to embrace competition and was now trying to monopolise politics within the coalition. "Ruto should know that the coalition is owned by Kenyans and not by a clique of individual politicians. Everyone is therefore welcome," he said.

Salat asked residents, when electing leaders, to look at individuals and their development track record and not the political grouping they are inclined to.

He was speaking at Njerian Village in Bomet central during the home coming of Weldon Kirui who won this year's 42KM Kass Marathon staged in Eldoret last month. He was accompanied by former MPs John Koech and Moses Cheboi and former local government PS Sammy Kirui.

Cheboi and Koech shared his sentiments saying as a party they would support and campaign for whoever is nominated Jubilee presidential candidate.

"If it will be Mudavadi or Uhuru we are ready to go an extra mile in ensuring they win the election in the first round," said Mr Cheboi. Salat said Kanu is an equal member of the Jubilee coalition by virtue of the signed deal between the four parties.

"Those who think we should not be in the coalition should read our lips clearly, we are here to stay and no-one should dare evict us," he said.

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