The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Mudavadi, Uhuru Part Company

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

Musalia Mudavadi's UDF camp has described Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto as a "dishonourable, heartless and cheeky" couple.

In a statement issued shortly after Uhuru and Ruto announced they had dropped UDF from the Jubilee coalition, Mudavadi's private secretary and director of public communication Kibisu Kabatesi said the duo are leaders who cannot be trusted to honour commitments.

"Reports that Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta and Hon. William Ruto have purportedly dropped Hon. Musalia Mudavadi from the Jubilee Coalition paint the couple as dishonorable, heartless and cheeky to the extreme," said Kabatesi.

"Their claim is impolite and an abuse of the collective intelligence of Jubilee Coalition supporters and Kenyans who are aware of legal provisions governing political coalitions.

It is the mark of their traditional dishonourable ways that these fellows find fun in lying to the public," added Kabatesi.

Uhuru and Ruto had yesterday morning announced that that they could no longer work with Mudavadi's UDF.

They said TNA and URP could not agree with UDF on the mode of nominating the presidential candidate for the alliance.

"Given our inability to agree on the way forward, we have agreed as gentlemen not to distract our plans as we disengage and allow our brothers in UDF to continue with their campaigns as we continue with ours," stated Uhuru.

Ruto on his part said the decision to disengage with Mudavadi was mutual. He said TNA and URP were not ruling out working with Mudavadi again in the future.

The two parties announced that they will proceed with a national delegates conference tomorrow at Kasarani where it is expected that Uhuru will be endorsed as the Jubilee's presidential candidate and Ruto as his running mate. They said a rally planned today for Tononoka in Mombasa will continue as planned.

The announcement by Uhuru and Ruto was made at URP offices along Ngong Road in Nairobi as Mudavadi prepared to start his campaign rally at Dedan Kimathi Stadium in President Kibaki's Nyeri backyard.

Uhuru and Ruto were initially meant to attend the rally but pulled out on Thursday evening. According to Kabatesi, Uhuru and Ruto issued their statement announcement in an attempt to pre-empt Mudavadi's announcement in Nyeri that he could not continue being in a partnership that had been "characterised by an endless comedy of error rather than serious leadership."

Kibisu said Mudavadi had already informed the two of his decision to sever ties on "serious grounds of dishonour and lack integrity and commitment" by Uhuru and Ruto.

"The couple cannot therefore claim now to walk out of a coalition that Hon. Mudavadi had already left on grounds of fraudulent misrepresentation," stated Kabatesi. He dismissed the delegates conference scheduled for Sunday as "makeshift' as it will be attended by "unknown delegates.'

He said Mudavadi will continue with his presidential campaigns. "Kenyans will be the judge of whether they deserve leaders who cannot

honour simple commitments but chose to live in deceit and deception," he observed.

The Star learned that UDF has already initiated a move to organize its own national delegates conference where Mudavadi will be unveiled as the party's presidential candidate.

Already, one of Mudavadi's personal assistants Sande Oyollo has been tasked with compiling a list of 2000 delegates drawn from each of the 47 counties ahead of the conference whose date is yet to be announced.

UDF joined the Jubilee alliance on December 4 after Uhuru offered not to run for the presidency in Mudavadi's favor. Uhuru however backtracked on his promise stating that "dark forces" had forced him to promise Mudavadi the Jubilee presidential ticket.

Uhuru instead insisted the presidential candidate be nominated by delegates from the three parties, a proposal Mudavadi rejected.

The two parties are now reverting to the original coalition agreement they deposited at the Registrar of Political parties on December 4 and which only reflected TNA and URP as coalition partners.

The Star however established that Uhuru has been attempting to reach out to New Ford Kenya Leader Eugene Wamalwa with an aim of having him join the Jubilee coalition. Sources disclosed that Uhuru wanted Wamalwa to attend today's Tononoka rally.

Wamalwa has however not been enthusiastic to join the alliance and instead has initiated negotiations with presidential hopefuls Peter Kenneth of the Kenya National Congress (KNC) and Raphael Tuju of Party of Action (Poa). The three held a joint rally in Bungoma yesterday and are scheduled to hold more rallies today and Sunday.

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