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Friday, 25 Nov 2016 19:34 EATrosemukonyo@yahoo.com
Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula has been endorsed by his Ford-Kenya party as the presidential candidate in next year’s general elections. The party's National Executive Council meeting at Maanzoni Lodge in Machakos County resolved that Mr Wetangula will carry its flag, but mandated him to enter into talks with other CORD principals in the appointment of a joint coalition flagbearer.
The two-day NEC and Parliamentary Group meeting, said Secretary General Eseli Simiyu, also mandated Mr Wetangula to engage Amani National Congress party leader Musalia Mudavadi with a view to forming a formidable alliance to counter Jubilee Party in the next general election.
Mr Wetangula downplayed the delay by CORD principals in naming their presidential candidate, saying the crisis over the nomination which has been repeatedly reported by media was a creation of the Jubilee government: "This is the agenda of Jubilee to paint CORD as disunited since they already have a flag bearer but they should know it's not just about having a flag bearer but what agenda you have for Kenya," Mr Wetangula said.
He said the nomination was an internal mechanism of the opposition coalition. Invoking the 2002 general elections where opposition parties unveiled Mwai Kibaki as the NARC Kenya flag bearer barely two months before the elections, Wetangula assured Kenyans that the opposition's candidate will 'sweep' the elections like it happened in 2002.
The crisis over CORD nominations has preoccupied the party’s leaders for months. With Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka increasingly demanding that his colleagues endorse him, his ODM counterpart Raila Odinga has reportedly considered going it alone in 2017.
About party discipline, Mr Simiyu warned Ford-Kenya leaders who had defected to Jubilee of firm disciplinary action including expulsion and subjection to a by election. "We have decided as a party that these people are no longer members of the party and have no authority to speak or hold meetings on behalf of the party," he said.
The Ford-Kenya leader also condemned yesterday’s attack on Mumias Police Station and asked the Inspector General of Police to stop the brutality meted out on the residents by the force. “The police should be conducting investigations instead of attacking innocent residents. It is the right of every Kenyan to be protected," he added.
Rose is a contributing writer for the Kenya Free Press, based in Machakos County.