26 December 2012

Kenya: United Democratic Front Hints At Joining Another Coalition

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Nairobi — The United Democratic Front (UDF) on Wednesday said it was exploring the possibility of forming another coalition, following its bitter fall out with Jubilee Alliance last week.

UDF Party Chairman Hassan Osman told Capital FM News that the party would however, have to wait for the registrar of political parties to respond to their complaint against their former coalition partners, before making that decision.

"We signed a legal document and we can't just walk away from it. We expect the registrar to look into the matter on Thursday as she had indicated," Osman said, referring to a letter the party sent to the Registrar of Political parties Lucy Ndung'u at the week seeking for arbitration.

UDF wants the registrar to arbitrate over the acrimonious fallout with the Jubilee coalition after its Presidential candidate Uhuru Kenyatta dishonored an agreement to cede his ambitions for Musalia Mudavadi.

Ndung'u has said she will handle the matter after the Christmas break.

In the letter also copied to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairman and chairmen of the United Republican Party (URP) and TNA, UDF said it strongly opposed the nomination of Kenyatta and Ruto as the presidential candidate and running mate of the Jubilee Coalition respectively.

Kenyatta and Ruto however hit back at Mudavadi saying they had not breached any coalition agreement jointly signed by the three parties on December 4 and instead accused the UDF leader of refusing to participate in the jubilee primaries.

Mudavadi had insisted on having the presidential ticket given to him automatically as agreed in the controversial deal, before the jubilee went ahead to conduct the nomination last Sunday.

Following the disagreement, Members of Parliament allied to the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) which last week crowned Prime Minister Raila Odinga to vie for the presidency have asked Mudavadi to consider re-joining the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM).

Mudavadi is also eyed by Peter Kenneth's Eagles Coalition which announced its willingness to work with the deputy prime minister but did not guarantee making him their automatic flag bearer.

"We are ready to accept him in our team but let him not assume that we will hand him the presidential ticket," Kenneth has previously said.

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