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Kenya: TNA, UDF Branches Divided Over Uhuru, Musalia Choice

The Jubilee Coalition has unveiled its line up for the March 4, 2013, general election. Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta was unveiled as the ... ( Resource: Kenya's Jubilee Unveils Election Lineup

TNA and UDF branches in Rift Valley are divided on who to back during the Jubilee presidential nominations to be held tomorrow.

Deputy Prime Ministers, Uhuru Kenyatta and Musalia Mudavadi are the contestants for the alliance's presidential candidate.

TNA leaders in Eldoret led by aspiring Kapsaos ward county representative Sultan Kemboi said they fully supported Uhuru to be the party's presidential flag bearer and that the coalition should remain united after the nominations so that they win the elections.

"We stand with Uhuru as our candidate but as a coalition we will remain united regardless of whoever wins the nominations. Our aim is unity for the country", said Kemboi. Mudavadi will face off with Uhuru during the nominations through the delegates system.

However, URP co-ordinator in the North Rift Paul Kiprop said they were ready to support whoever wins the nominations.

"Our coalition is strong and grassroot leaders we will support and campaign for the winner of the nominations and the entire team", said Kiprop.

He said the Jubilee Coalition would stand for unity of the country and implement real programmes to deal with today's challenges in the country.

"The coalition is made up young and vibrant leaders who will better understand the challenges which Kenyans face than the old generation of leaders who are still seeking leaders through other coalitions", said Kiprop who is also the Chairman of the Wareng County Council Chairman.

Ruto will remain the coalition's running mate while the loser in the presidential race will take the position of leader of Majority party.

Officials from the Musalia Sasa (MUSA) lobby group led by chairman Saina Nechu said although they preferred Mudavadi to be the Jubilee presidential candidate, they will support the decision to be made at the nominations.

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