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Tuesday, 31 Jan 2017 12:31 EATnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.com
It is official: Kanu is is out of the opposition alliance being mooted by Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka, Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Wetangula. As the four leaders unveiled a leadership team that will steer the alliance early today, key allies of Kanu chairman Gideon Moi were working on a plan to announce the party's membership in the Jubilee alliance, despite repeated assertion by deputy president William Ruto that all political parties seeking a relationship with the government must merge into the Jubilee Party.
The Coordinating Committee of the opposition alliance unveiled by the leaders, which includes three members each from ODM, Wiper and Ford-Kenya and two from the Amani National Congress (ANC), will spearhead the coalition's programmes including the identification of its flagbearer, preparation for the election (including relations with the Electoral Commission) and formulation of the post-election programme of action, according to a statement signed by the leaders and interviews the Kenya Free Press conducted with those involved in the talks.
The committee's formation rekindles a similar process that led to the formation of the National Rainbow Coalition (NARC) which ousted Kanu in the 2002 elections. The team's mandate and its composition reflected the opposition's determination to revive the 2002 alliance that united large swathes of Kenya and gave the opposition the momentum that swept its leader Mwai Kibaki to power in a hard-fought election.
"Our quest for a united front is a direct response to the very clear messages from the Kenyan public that we must unite to rescue them and the country from the Jubilee misrule," the leaders said in their statement at the Serena Hotel, which was also the venue of talks between the leaders who formed NARC in 2002.
Messrs Odinga, Muyoka, Mudavadi and former agriculture minister Kipruto arap Kirwa (who is one of the two ANC representatives, were part of the Rainbow Alliance that formed within Kanu in the run-up to the 2002 elections. These leaders, with the exception of Mr Mudavadi who bolted out of the ant-Moi bandwagon, were members of NARC's top organ 'The Summit'.
The leaders said their alliance had become imperative since calls from Kenyans yearning for change "have intensified as the lot of our people has gotten worse under the current regime". The committee comprises of the seniormost politicians from each of the constituent parties other than the party leaders themselves, among them secretaries-general and deputy leaders.
As the leaders met, their Kanu counterparts who had been touted as a part of the alliance keep away, and the opposition will not appoint any Kanu member to the larger technical team that will be created to work under the Coordinating Committee, according to our sources. This website was informed that some Kanu leaders had a separate meeting with interim Jubilee Party officials today but we couldn't verify the reports.
Last October, an ODM source told this website that Mr Moi, while participating in opposition unity talks, had also "reached out to President Uhuru with an offer that his party Kanu, which refused to dissolve with other coalition parties last month, be recogised as an integral part of the governing coalition".
If recent events are anything to go by, the Jubilee-Kanu has begun to crystallize following growing evidence that Mr Moi could play an influence role in President Uhuru Kenyatta's re-election campaign.
Below is the leaders' full statement.
NATIONAL SUPER ALLIANCE PRINCIPALS’ STATEMENT (NASA)
Following our successful meeting at the Bomas of Kenya on 11th January 2017, and in our running quest for a united, democratic, just, equitable and prosperous nation, we are pleased to announce today, the formation of an expanded outfit that will reach the broad masses of the people everywhere within our land and to unify all the progressive forces for lasting positive change.
This is a preliminary but vital step in establishing a grand coalition and the national super alliance.
The super alliance is a coalition for purposes of cementing opposition unity in the 2017 elections and forming a people-focused government thereafter. Our quest for a united front is a direct response to the very clear messages from the Kenyan public that we must unite to rescue them and the country from the Jubilee misrule. These calls for unity have intensified as the lot of our people has gotten worse under the current regime.
What we have here this morning is therefore the first formal public commitment that we have embarked on firm steps for an alternative Government to be presented to the people of Kenya soon in line with their demand. We assure the people of Kenya that we shall not fail them. To move the agenda of the alliance forward and prepare the formal launch in the very immediate future, we hereby announce the constitution of the following structures:
1. The National Coordinating Committee to prepare alliance instruments whose membership iclude: Sen. James Orengo, Sen. Johnstone Muthama, Hon Eseli Simiyu, Hon Sakwa Bunyasi, Hon Francis Nyenze, Sen Agnes Zani, Sen. Bonnie Khalwale, Hon. Chris Wamalwa, Hon Timothy Bosire, Hon Farah Maalim and Hon Kipruto Kirwa.
2: Technical and Strategy team to lend technical support to the Coordinating Committee. These organs will be answerable to the Co-Principals of the alliance. They will start work immediately and make proposals which will be ratified by the Leadership of the Coalition on matters including the following.
1. Joint election platform, manifesto and blueprint on issues of concern and on challenges facing the country.
2. Organisational framework and structures for the Coalition and its secretariat.
3. Audit of the electoral system, election laws and processes and the capacity of IEBC to conduct free and fair elections.
4. Strategy to guarantee success and victory in all national and county elections and for securing majorities in parliament and county assemblies in the general elections.
5. Ensuring that the Coalition has a flag bearer and running mate in the presidential election and establishing rules for joint nominations for candidates in situations where circumstances so demand.
6. Coalition Agreement that will secure a smooth transition after the general elections; maintain stability and unity in the Coalition after the election; effective implementation of the Coalition manifesto and other development plans; defend, protect and uphold the Constitution including the Bill of Rights and the Rule of Law; and secure peace and security.
Our alliance is broad and bold. It is conceived as a mass movement of political parties, institutions and organized groups. It carries on board groups including trade unions, business community and employers, civil society, self-help groups, women and youth organizations, Chamas, transport associations, religious organizations, student organizations and individuals.
This alliance is a special purpose movement to uproot Jubilee regime from power for its misrule and abdication of responsibility and collusion in runaway corruption, and dwindling state of Kenya’s economy. It is a vehicle for an alternative accountable, responsible and responsive leadership that will restore hope in self-government among Kenyans.
We are focused on promoting the rule of law, good governance, human rights, constitutionalism and inclusivity. We are keen on transparency, accountability, participation of the people, devolution of power and resources, equal opportunity and equity for all.
As our citizens will recall, following the general elections in 2002, Kenyans were pronounced as the most optimistic people in the world. On every account today Kenyans see more doom and gloom everyday than success and prosperity. Strikes, public theft, exclusion, insecurity, rising cost of living, unemployment, an endless war in Somalia and bad governance are now the order of the day in our lives.
We want to bring hope and happiness back to the land. We promise the country that our team is taking Jubilee home.
For Kenya to stand, JUBILEE MUST FALL.
Hon. Wycliffe Musalia Mudavadi, Amani National Congress (ANC) Party Leader,
Hon. Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka, Wiper Democratic Movement (WDM) Party Leader,
Hon. Moses Masika Wetangula, Ford Kenya (F-K) Party Leader,
Rt. Hon. Raila Amolo Odinga, Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) Party Leader.
JANUARY 31, 2017