18 December 2012

Kenya: Uhuru Agreed to Step Down and Back Me - Mudavadi

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

Deputy Prime Minister and presidential hopeful Musalia Mudavadi has stated that TNA presidential aspirant Uhuru Kenyatta agreed to step down in his bid for the top seat when the two signed a pact that led to the formation of the Jubilee Alliance.

Mudavadi has said in a press conference that in the December 4 meeting at Uhuru Kenyatta's residence, which was witnessed by Mps Ali Mwakwere, Najib Balala, William Ruto, as well as his and Uhuru's lawyers, Uhuru agreed to step down and back Mudavadi for the top seat.

He further added that the parties present unanimously agreed that they will refrain from a public declaration of the terms of the agreement until Kenyatta explained them to the TNA delegates.

Mudavadi who has insisted that the Jubilee Alliance is still intact has said that consultations will continue until a consensus is reached on the way forward for the alliance.

He has however stated that the planned national delegates conference is a breach of the agreement that was signed between him and Uhuru.

A section of MPs allied to TNA have come to strongly oppose the agreement that TNA secretary general Onyango Oloo confirmed but also stated that MPs backing Kenyatta will work to overturn.

The MPs have termed the deal as a coercion and that Mudavadi is expecting the presidential ticket on a silver platter which is not possible.

Igembe South MP Mitika Linturi said in a meeting at Jacaranda Hotel in Westlands that if Mudavadi does not agree to the delegates system, then they (TNA) will not have an option but to end the relationship.

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