NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 17 – The National Rainbow Coalition (NARC) leader Charity Ngilu has denied claims that her party is in talks with Musalia Mudavadi to accommodate him once he leaves the Orange Democratic Movement.
Ngilu who spoke after presenting the party’s papers for registration termed it as a media creation that was untrue.
“I have only read about it in the papers, maybe the media should tell me because no one has talked to me. Did Musalia tell you so? Tell me so that I can follow up with him,” she posed.
Mudavadi is said to be seeking a party on which to mount his presidential bid after he disagreed with ODM over its failure to amend the constitution before seeking official registration.
The Kitui Central legislator insisted that her party which had worked closely with ODM will still work with ODM until the term of the grand coalition government ends.
She also described her relationship with ODM leader Raila Odinga as “cordial” and said that her party will continue to work with like-minded leaders.
“My relationship with Odinga is as it has always been; I have worked cordially with ODM and will continue doing so until the government dissolves. As for beyond the grand coalition we will deal with it,” she asserted adding that she was still part of ODM’s pentagon.
Ngilu said that the party will field candidates at all elective positions in the general election although she did not give indication if she would be in the race for the top seat herself.
“We want to assure Kenyans that NARC is firm and is going to ensure that we have leaders at all levels, we are not going to be a party that will carry others and we will have candidates for positions,” she emphasised saying that the party’s presidential candidate will be chosen at a national delegates conference.
NARC, which sponsored president Kibaki in the euphoric 2002 elections, has so far registered members in 25 counties in which it has also opened branches.
She was accompanied by Mutitu MP Kiema Kilonzo (an ODM Kenya MP) who says that he will join NARC at the end of his term.
With only 12 days to the April 30 application deadline, only 28 parties have applied for full registration with only four confirmed as fully registered.