The Star (Nairobi)

2 February 2013

Kenya: Don't Elect Tainted Leaders, Mudavadi Appeals

Amani coalition presidential candidate Musalia Mudavadi has warned Kenyans against electing leaders who are internationally tainted. Instead, Mudavadi said he was the most suited among those seeking the presidency to lead the country after the next elections.

He said Kenya was not operating as an island as it required the cooperation of the international community to coexist among the family of nations.

"Kenya can not stand without our international friends. Those leaders moving around confusing the people that the country can do its affairs without the international community are dead wrong," said Mudavadi.

He said leaders should avoid telling lies in the name of of soliciting for votes. Without naming the individuals, Mudavadi said; "If these people get elected to high offices, the country might not move forward as international sanctions will come in handy making life very difficult for majority of Kenyans who are already ladened with poverty."

He said sanctions will soar import prices of oil among other products as well as constricting the export markets. Jubilee alliance Presidential candidate Uhuru Kenyatta and his running mate William Ruto are set to face trial in April this year at the Hague based International criminal Court for crimes against humanity charges.

The two leaders have openly accused Western nations of meddling into the affairs of Kenya over their candidatures. Mudavadi made the comments when he addressed a public rally in Nairobi's Kibera slum yesterday.

Earlier he had met leaders from the Nubian community at Sakina mosque where he assured them that his government will address their issues.

He said the Amani coalition will be launching its campaign manifesto next week, detailing its vision for Kenyans if it clinches the presidency. Mudavadi also promised free secondary education.

He regretted the delay in the constitution of the National Land Commission saying the next parliament will fast track the endorsement of nominees.

The coalition takes its campaigns to Migori county today for a series of public rallies in Kuria, Hisbania among other areas.

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