The Star (Nairobi)

27 December 2012

Kenya: Wamalwa Set for Talks With Mudavadi, Eagle Alliance

Members of Parliament have extended the period during which they can change parties. ( Resource: Kenyan MPs Extend Party Hopping Deadline

Justice and Constitutional Affairs Minister Eugene Wamalwa has engaged in talks with the Eagle Alliance under Peter Kenneth and Raphael Tuju on a possible merger ahead of the March 4 poll next year.

Gatanga MP who broke the news of the talks however stated that the talks were only with Wamalwa and that any agreements can only come from the talks.

"Eagle Coalition has engaged in talks with Eugene Wamalwa only. Any other engagements can only be in line with the above ongoing talks," Kenneth said.

This revelation comes in the wake of similar news of talks between Wamalwa and UDF presidential candidate and Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi, who last week left the Jubilee Alliance which he had formed with TNA's Uhuru Kenyatta, and URP's William Ruto in which he alleges he was to be presidential flagbearer.

Uhuru Kenyatta was said to have stepped down in favour of Mudavadi has since reneged on the agreement saying he was coerced to sign it.

While speaking of the talks between him and Wamalwa, Mudavadi said that there were "powerful forces" out to ensure that no Luhya presidential candidate feature in the presidential race next year.

He added that the talks between him and Wamalwa would lead to the fielding of single candidate to consolidate the Western Province vote.

Even as these set of talk come to light, Cyrus Jirongo, one half of the Pambazuko Alliance with Wamalwa ditched the coalition after differing with Wamalwa and accusing him of being used by outside forces to split the Western Kenya vote.

Jirongo said his Federal Party will hold a National Executive Committee meeting to decide the way forward after the split with Wamalwa.

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