The Star (Nairobi)

28 December 2012

Kenya: Kenneth Disowns Eugene-Mudavadi Talks

Kenya National Congress presidential aspirant Peter Kenneth has distanced his Eagle Alliance from talks between Justice Minister Eugene Wamalwa and Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi.

Kenneth said that his Eagle Alliance was not party to the talks between UDF and New Ford-Kenya announced in Mbale on Wednesday despite welcoming Wamalwa on board a week ago.

He said he was not aware of any talks with Mudavadi adding that the Eagle coalition consists of Raphel Tuju and him and that they have "only spoken to Eugene of New Ford Kenya."

However, his counterpart, Tuju, yesterday told The Star that consultations with various politicians including with Wamalwa were ongoing. He was however non-committal on whether Mudavadi was one of those that they were talking to.

"As politicians we always talk and consultations are continuous. There are consultations are going on but it is pre-mature for me to say anything at this time," Tuju said on phone.

This came as Lugari MP Cyrus Jirongo ditched the Pambazuka Coalition after differing with Wamalwa. Jirongo accused Wamalwa of being used by outside forces to split the Western Kenya vote.

"As Federal Party, we have called for a NEC meeting on December 29 and the first thing is to divorce from this New Ford Kenya thing because we are not dealing with stable leaders. We are dealing with perpetual nomads and we cannot sustain unfocused leadership," Jirongo said.

Last week, Tuju, Kenneth and Wamalwa announced that they were working on forming an alliance that will see them challenge the other "bigger" Jubilee and Cord coalitions.

Jubilee is led by Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta with Eldoret North MP William Ruto as his running-mate while Cord is led by Prime Minister Raila Odinga whose deputy is Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka.

It will be interesting to see whether Tuju and Kenneth will accept Mudavadi back to their fold after he ditched them in the last minute to join the Jubilee Coalition which has since ditched him.

As the December 4 deadline for forming coalitions approached Mudavadi was wooing Kenneth and Tuju and were scheduled to sign an agreement that afternoon at Uhuru Park.

As organizers put last minute touches to the event, Mudavadi was hosting Uhuru and Ruto at his house in Riverside, Nairobi where a secret MoU and a coalition agreement was discussed and signed.

Kenneth and Tuju decided to leave Norfolk Hotel where they were waiting for Mudavadi before they proceeded to Freedom Corner. A few hours later, they announced that they had signed their own deal at the Mayfair hotel.

The secret MoU that would have seen Uhuru step down in favour of Mudavadi failed to materialize and the former and Ruto cut ties with the UDF leader after he declined to take part in a nomination process.

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