Plan to pick driver for the ‘bus’ gathers pace

May 9, 2012 2:56 pm
Sources close to the party intimated that during the convention, debate on the party's flag bearer will feature strongly/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 9 – The Alliance Party of Kenya (APK) will hold a National Convention on May 26 to prepare for the general elections.

Speaking during the presentation of a report of elected officials from 31 counties, APK convener Kiraitu Murungi said during the conference, delegates will discuss issues of streamlining the party with intentions of coming up with the most favourable presidential candidate.

“Twenty delegates will come from every county to the convention in Nairobi. We will deal with various national issues, which include strengthening the party, and preparing ourselves for the next general elections,” he said.

He said the party will prepare in such a manner that it will be ready if elections are held in August this year or March next year.

Sources close to the party intimated that during the convention, debate on the party’s flag bearer will feature strongly.

Murungi explained that APK was committed to adhering to the Constitution, stressing the importance of ensuring party matters are done democratically.

Kangundo MP Johnson Muthama said the party is open to alliances and to any individuals interested in joining it, “even Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi, the doors are open for him… why not support him if he comes in, we are open to all.”

Muthama said what was important is for the party to agree and elect the most popular candidate to lead the party during the elections.

Cabinet Minister and Nyeri Town MP Esther Murugi said APK was strong, even though it did not have a presidential candidate at the moment.

She said members should be patient as the party will hold nominations to come up with a presidential candidate.

“The day we dropped the Party of National Unity (PNU) and became APK, we gave birth to a new party all together. And what I keep on telling people is that ‘basi inaguruma’ (the bus engine is running) and I am sure it has been switched on, so the driver will really have to run and catch up with us so that we can take him where he wants to be,” she asserted.

The meeting held at the party headquarters on Wednesday was attended mainly by MPs from the Mount Kenya region.

Even though speakers insisted that George Saitoti and Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta were in ‘the bus’ they were not present.


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