9 February 2013

Kenya: Bett Appointed Cord?s National Campaign Chair

Cord gave its campaign team a fresh start yesterday after Franklin Bett was appointed chairman of the National Campaign Committee.

A statement sent to newsrooms yesterday evening said Bett will co-chair the position with Wiper's Gideon Ndambuki and the two will be assisted by Ford Kenya's Christopher Mandumandu.

The three will co-ordinate all presidential campaign activities from Raila's campaign secretariat and the affiliate parties secretariats. According to the statement, the appointments take effect immediately.

The statement is however silent on the fate of Raila's chief campaign manager, Eliud Owalo and the Wiper and Ford Kenya's campaign managers .

When the three parties formed a coalition early in the year, Kalonzo's chief campaigner Andrew Mwavwa was incorporated to become Owalo's deputy.

Ken Wanyama who had been a member of Wetangula's presidential campaign secretariat became the director in charge of strategic alliances and partnerships at the secretariat.

A day after launching its manifesto last month, Cord unveiled its campaign initiative dabbed Cord Effect to focus on campaign outreach strategies that will sustain the tempo of the PM's campaigns.

The initiative is an offshoot of the many lobby groups affiliated to Cord with Ababu Namwamba co-chairing on behalf of ODM and outgoing Yatta MP Charles Kilonzo for Wiper. The team also includes outgoing MPs Magerer Langat, Elizabeth Ongoro and ODM supporter John Kiarie.

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