The Star (Nairobi)

22 January 2013

Kenya: Amani Alliance Settle On Jeremiah Kioni for Running Mate

The Amani alliance has today unveiled former Ndaragua MP Jeremiah Kioni as the coalition's deputy presidential candidate. Amani alliance's presidential flagbearer Musalia Mudavadi, named Kioni his running mate, stating that his choice was based on wide consultations with family, UDF, Ford Kenya and Kanu parties as well as other Kenyans.

"In my choice (Kioni) I have found a candidate whose commitment to Kenya is unquestionable," Mudavadi said. Mudavadi added that Kioni is a competent and seasoned debater in the time that he has been in parliament.

Kioni in his acceptance speech said that the Amani alliance under Mudavadi is the committed to unifying the country by changing the current state of politics.

"I assure you that your confidence in me will not be let down. I will bring a nationalistic mindset to the Amani presidential race and subsequent government" Kioni said.

He added that the challenges facing Kenyans will be tackled at collectively as a nation and not as individual tribes. "Let us turn our country into one nation whose problems do not know any tribal divides," Kioni concluded.

Other members of the coalition also expressed confidence in the choice of Kioni for running mate saying the alliance is now complete and will present a formidable challenge to the other parties.

The Kanu party leader and senatorial aspirant for Baringo county Gideon Moi said that the party was now complete in the runup to the elections. "The Amani coalition team is now intact and ready to present itself to the people of Kenya," Moi said.

Ford Kenya's Eugene Wamalwa said that Kioni was a worthy candidate and would aid the party in securing the victory come the elections. "I congratulate my good friend Jeremiah Kioni. I Know you are up to the task," Wamalwa said.

The Amani coalition was the only alliance left to announce a running mate for the presidential candidates as all other parties had named their preferred candidate for the post.

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