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KANU says support for Uhuru not guaranteed, warns against rigging

“It is not guaranteed that KANU will back Uhuru in 2017. Neither has it been decided that we are going to back anybody at the moment. All presidential candidates including Uhuru will have to come and talk to us and tell us why they need our support,” he said.

By Jackson Okataamboleokata@gmail.comTuesday, 13 Dec 2016 10:36 EAT

Mr Paul Sang. (Photo: Courtesy/The Standard website).

KANU’s support for President Uhuru Kenyatta in the 2017 general elections is not guaranteed, a top party member has said. Former cabinet minister Paul Sang said that KANU "will talk to all presidential candidates and decide on whom to back when the right time comes". Mr Sang, who is also a former MP for Bureti constituency in Kericho County, is a close associate of party leader Gideon Moi.

Speaking in Nakuru over the weekend, Mr Sang said that just like other presidential candidates, President Uhuru should approach KANU and tell them why they should back him. “It is not guaranteed that KANU will back Uhuru in 2017. Neither has it been decided that we are going to back anybody at the moment. All presidential candidates including Uhuru will have to come and talk to us and tell us why they need our support,” he said.

Mr Sang added that KANU is a party with its own principles and will not follow any presidential candidate "blindly". He also warned against rigging of the 2017 general elections, saying that would plunge the country into worse violence than the one witnessed in 2007/2008. “The 2017 elections must be free and fair beyond any reasonable doubt and we must not see any repeat of what happened in 2007 because if it happens, the country might face worse chaos than it faced in 20017/2008,” he said.

The writer is contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press based in Nakuru County





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