The Star (Nairobi)

21 December 2012

Kenya: Kuttuny Wants 'Invited' Mudavadi to Quit Jubilee

Cherangany MP Joshua Kuttuny yesterday asked Musalia Mudavadi to quit the Jubilee Alliance.

Kuttuny, a URP member, supported Eldoret North MP William Ruto that the Deputy Prime Minister can quit the alliance if he cannot accept a delegates system to nominate the presidential candidate.

Kuttuny said the presidential seat is elective and only delegates can decide who gets it through voting. The MP was speaking at Chematich in his Cherangany constituency during a funeral.

"How can one demand an elective seat without struggling? Musalia should know that the coalition does not belong to the leaders but the people" said Kuttuny.

Ruto on Wednesday asked the UDF leader to quit the coalition if he cannot abide by the signed agreement that stipulates a delegates system.

Kuttuny said the number of votes the three leaders will earn the coalition should decide who becomes the presidential candidate, running mate and majority leader.

"The wealth in politics is the number of people that one has. I wonder why Mudavadi, who was invited to the coalition, has entered the bedroom," he said.

The MP said the three leaders should involve MPs from URP, TNA and UDF in the talks to find a way of solving the stalemate. "We are tired of boardroom meetings which have become bothersome. Our involvement in the Jubilee coalition is important," he said.

Kuttuny is a strong supporter of Eldoret North MP William Ruto who has been proposed for the running mate position in the coalition. On Tuesday, Mudavadi said he has been betrayed by Uhuru and Ruto.

The Sabatia MP said he had signed an agreement with Uhuru to have him run for the presidency while Ruto and Uhuru be the running mate and majority leader.

Mudavadi said the agreement does not mention a national delegates conference to pick the Jubilee candidate. Uhuru has been facing immense pressure from MPs and delegates from TNA to disown the deal signed with Mudavadi two weeks ago.

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