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Machakos governorship campaign hots up as Wavinya Ndeti joins CORD Coalition

However, under the Political Parties Act political parties can enter and opt out of cooperation agreements in-between elections as their leaders wish. Only coalition agreements are deposited with the Registrar of Political Parties.

By Free Press Reporternewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comTuesday, 02 Aug 2016 18:53 EAT

Former Kathiani MP Wavinya Ndeti has declared her intention to rejoin the CORD Coalition as part of her campaigns for the Machakos gubernatorial seat.

Wavinya, who is the leader of Chama Cha Uzalendo party (CCM) announced on Saturday that her party, which went into the 2013 elections as a member of the CORD Coalition but later joined forces with the governing Jubilee, will rejoin CORD ahead of the 2017 elections.

Speaking at the official opening of CCU party office at Ikombe Ward in Yatta Sub County, Wavinya, who was accompanied by the party’s secretary general Phillipe Saja national organizing secretary Davis Musau, also disavowed the party’s past association with Jubilee.

“CCU is not in Jubilee. We have no intentions to join Jubilee,” said Saja, who said that only 13 political parties had shown interests to dissolve, merge and join Jubilee, and CCU was not among them.

Many Jubilee affiliates have refused the coalition leaders’ enticement for them to dissolve and join the one Jubilee party due to be launched next month. CCU’s absence from the list of 13 does not preclude its association with Jubilee, having entered a cooperation agreement with Jubilee immediately after the 2013 election.

However, under the Political Parties Act political parties can enter and opt out of cooperation agreements in-between elections as their leaders wish. Only coalition agreements, under which parties share effective power, are deposited with the Registrar of Political Parties.

In 2013, Wavinya contested the same position on the CCU ticket but lost to Dr Alfred Mutua, who ran on the more popular Wiper Party.

On Saturday, Wavinya and Saja said CCU will join forces with CORD to depose Jubilee from power but on the condition that Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka is nominated as the coalition’s presidential candidate.

“As CCU, we will be supporting Kalonzo Musyoka as CORD’s presidential candidate and we will join the coalition if he is nominated as such,” Wavinya said.

Wavinya said her party was undertaking a massive recruitment drive and was currently opening new offices across the country. CCU currently has branch offices in 24 counties, she said.

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