Four political parties announce coalition pact

John Koech, Nicholas Biwott and Eugene Wamalwa after signing a pre-poll pact/CFM

NAIROBI, Kenya Nov 29 – As the deadline for political parties coalitions comes to an end on Tuesday, New Ford Kenya (NFK), New Vision Party (NVP), the Kenya African National Union and the United Democratic Movement (UDM) have signed a deal to work together to ensure victory in the forthcoming general election.

Led by Justice and Constitutional Affairs Minister Eugene Wamalwa who bolted out of the G7 fronted by Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta and Eldoret North MP William Ruto, the parties said they are in talks with Western Kenya presidential hopefuls in a bid to bring them on board.

“In the G7 alliance there are those who have agreed and there are those who disagree but that is the nature of politics. Even in marriage, its compromise between two people that makes it work,” Wamalwa said.

“For now we would like to assure Kenyans that talks are still ongoing and on December 4 Kenyans will be able to see which teams have come together and which coalitions will be ready to take them to the next general election. They will have the opportunity to decide which coalition of parties they will want to identify with,” he said.

Wamalwa said this coming weekend will be critical for political parties as they seek to beat Tuesday’s deadline for political parties to submit their pre-election deals with the Registrar of Political Parties.

“We will campaign on a joint platform to tell our members that the political journey will begin,” he said.

He said they are engaging other parties to ensure they have a comprehensive coalition agreement.

“So what we signed today is the first step towards the realisation of that coalition that will be in place ahead of the March 4 general election.”

New Vision Party chairman Nicholas Biwott welcomed New Ford Kenya to the grouping of the parties which also included the United Democratic Movement, headed by Major General (Rtd) John Koech.

“We were with you last week when we were announcing the formation of this political grouping (between NVP and UDM) but today we are here to receive the NFK and also sign an agreement to allow other parties to join us as we go, that’s why Major General (Rtd) John Koech is here otherwise we had concluded our bit,” Biwott said.

The parties have come together under the agenda of uniting Kenyans; ensure peace and prosperity for all.

The announcement comes as The National Alliance (TNA) party and the United Republican Party (URP) prepare to announce a pre-election deal.

LABAN WANAMBISI

Laban Wanambisi is a Parliamentary and Political reporter. He joined the Capital Newsteam in 2005. Since then, he has reported on many of the major news events over the years including his first major assignment covering the 2005 National Referendum on the Draft Constitution, and several other subsequent key national and international events.