Uhuru ‘to announce party in May’

April 30, 2012 3:35 pm
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Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta at Kigumo over the weekend
NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 30 – Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta is now expected to announce his new presidential vehicle in mid May.

Sources close to the Gatundu South MP said the party which has national outlook has already complied with the provision of the Political Party’s Act and has been fully registered.

Another source said the DPM is eyeing the Federal Party of Kenya (FPK) which was formed in 1997 and whose symbol is a giraffe with ‘Twaona Mbali’ as its motto.

Kenyatta at the weekend declined to bow to pressure from fellow leaders in the G7 group to name his political party of choice.

Kenyatta who recently gave up the chairmanship of the former ruling party KANU has kept his supporters guessing over his election vehicle.

The Eldoret North MP William Ruto and Constitutional Affairs Minister Eugene Wamalwa were more explicit, saying that all leaders in the group were identified with a party apart from Kenyatta.

Speaking during the homecoming party of newly appointed Nairobi Metropolitan Minister Jamleck Kamau, Ruto and Wamalwa insisted that for the G7 political grouping should start strategising for the general election, and that Kenyatta needed to make up his mind on his party.

The Eldoret North MP was more explicit, saying that all leaders in the group were identified with a party apart from Kenyatta.

“I am in the United Republican Party (URP) and the rest are in other parties, we want Uhuru to name his party so that we can prepare the ground in readiness for elections,” said Ruto.

But when he rose to speak, Kenyatta evaded the topic insisting on unity in Central Kenya.

While addressing delegates at a Gikuyu, Embu and Meru Association (GEMA) meeting held at the Limuru Conference Centre in March, Kenyatta pledged to name his preferred party in a month’s time.

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