The Star (Nairobi)

23 January 2013

Kenya: Mudavadi Picks Jeremiah Kioni As Running Mate

Amani Coalition Presidential candidate Musalia Mudavadi was forced to pick former Ndaragwa MP Jeremia Kioni after Energy Minister and Kanu chairman Gideon Moi both declined.

Suleiman Shabal who had also been considered for the job also declined and went a head to defect to wiper as he pursues his quest for the Mombasa governorship.

Yesterday Mudavadi said he had settled on Kioni after a deliberately long and painstaking search in the whole country for that person who has the persuasion, competence and commitment to the nation to be the running mate.

"I was looking for a soul-mate for the Amani coalition and Kenyans.What I did not do and will not do is apportion the running mate post on the basis of the politics of the day -- ethnicity and the search for predictable numbers," said Mudavadi during the unveiling ceremony

Kiraitu is reported to have told Mudavadi that he had made up his mind to be vie for the senorship in Meru. "He said that it was too late for him and wished Mudavdi well in his bid," said Mudavadi's close associate.

Gideon Moi also opted to go for senate in his home town of Baringo instead of taking the number two slot. It is understood that Gideon wanted to establish himself in Rift Valley as he prepares to go for the presidency in 2017.

Professor Hellen Sambili who had also been considered for the slot was later dropped after the team tasked with the "We totally absolutely and unquaiovocally back Kioni as Deputy President. Musalia is a safe pair of hands to guide this country and it is in order that the Deputy too is a safe pair of hands," said Gideon Moi.

Mudavadi described Kioni as "A Kenyan who against all odds, stands out as bulwark against the politics of ethnic divisions and confrontation, actively participated in the formulation of the constitution and believes its implementation as a must and not a matter of political competition,"

The Amani coalition brings together United Democratic Forum (UDF), Kanu and New Ford Kenya parties Kioni is immediate former MP for Ndaragwa who was elected to Parliament after 2007. Before joining politics the former Ndaragwa MP ran Ngayu and Associates, a Nairobi based valuation firm.

He holds a degree in Lands Economics and masters of Arts Housing Administration from the University of Nairobi. He also has Law degree from the University of Nairobi. He has also been a member of the Land Arbitration Board,

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