The Star (Nairobi)

11 December 2012

Kenya: 'Wavering' Ngilu Risks Mass Defection

Charity Ngilu's Narc party followers in Kitui are confused. Two women aspirants for county women representative have threatened to leave the party because of Ngilu's indecisiveness and inconsistency.

The two aspirants Winnie Kitetu and Peace Mulu have given Ngilu an ultimatum -- tell us where the party is going -- or face mass defection.

The two said the minister's oscillation between the Jubilee coalition and Cord had confused party followers. But executive director Alex Nganga said the party had taken a stand and entered into a pact with the Jubilee coalition leaders.

"The new pact offers us a better deal than the one offered by the CORD," said Nganga. "We will share government positions on the basis of party strength."

The hopefuls and song bird were concerned over Ngilu's perceived lack of consistency in forging political alliances. They demanded that the water minister declares the party's official coalition partners lest they would quit.

The aspirants' ultimatum was issued as The Narc party executive director Alex Nganga confirmed that the party has taken a stand He said Narc candidate will fight it out for the Jubilee presidential ticket among TNA and UDF.

Nganga revealed that the party had renegotiated a new coalition deal with Deputy Prime Ministers Uhuru Kenyatta and Musalia Mudavadi for the inclusion of Water Minister Charity Ngilu in the Jubilee alliance presidential torch bearer's nomination.

He added that the parties in the Jubilee Alliance had agreed on an agreeable formula to equitably share positions in government in an "all inclusive structure." He said top seats in government would be distributed according to party strength in regard to the number of votes, parliamentary and senate seats.

This is a blank cheque where our hard work determines our reward, as opposed to some rigid arrangements elsewhere," said Nganga.

Earlier Kitetu and Mulu had lamented that their campaigns are yet to take off because they do not know which presidential candidate to back, owing to their party leader's "lack of direction

"Our campaigns have been jeopardised by the inconsistency of our party leader. NARC supporters have been thrown into confusion and have lost hope in the party because they don't know which side of the political divide they belong," lamented Kitetu.

Mulu of the omba adui yako fame said the party needed to stick to one position to avoid being rendered irrelevant in the dynamic Kenyan political landscape.

And separately, the party civic leaders Masai Mwale and Peter Kalungu threatened to quit the party if Ngilu insisted on joining the Jubilee Alliance and supporting Deputy Prime Ministers Uhuru Kenyatta and Musalia Mudavadi's presidential bids.

They asked her to stick with the Coalition for Reform and Democracy (CORD) alliance charging that it will be a big blunder for her to join the Jubilee alliance.

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