Kenya 2012 politics takes shape

February 27, 2010 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 27- The Party of National Unity (PNU) on Saturday agreed to form an umbrella movement christened Progressive Democratic Movement (PDM) with the slogan ‘Tai’.

PNU Executive Director Jasper Nyamboga told Capital News that the 108 MPs attending a party retreat in Naivasha also resolved that all PNU affiliate parties will join the movement and have a common interest in all issues.

“We have agreed to work together and signed a charter to belong together inside and outside Parliament under the umbrella movement of PDM,” he said.

He further said PDM will also support one candidate in the expected by-elections in Matuga and South Mugirango constituencies.

“We agreed that any party is allowed to put their candidate in the nomination process.  The one who will be the winner will be supported by all the affiliate parties in the movement,” he said.

He said PDU was open to other individual MPs who wished to join the movement and were not affiliate members of PNU explaining that membership will be on individual and corporate basis.

This could be an indicator that disgruntled Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) MPs can join the movement without ditching their mother parties.

However, if one to joins a separate party, they must seek re-election.

But he stressed that PDM was not a political party but a union to enable the parties work together.

Mukurweini MP Kabando wa Kabando in a statement said: “Kenyans should from today expect a different kind of movement, a movement energised by the people for the people.”

He said PDM will focus on constitutional reform, place diversity reaching out to grass roots spreading realms of change, ensure fast reforms and anchor reconciliation.

“PDM will give a new volume to the political songs for katiba it’s a coalition of issues hitting the road to get the elusive goals basic campaign anti corruption crusade and new leadership,” he said.


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