NAIROBI, Kenya, May 26 – The Alliance Party of Kenya (APK) convener Kiraitu Murungi now insists that the move by Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta to officially join the National Alliance was not a setback to the party.
Speaking as he led MPs and supporters to a National Convention at the Bomas of Kenya on Saturday, Murungi expressed optimism that their political bus assembled to accommodate three presidential aspirants will still win the State House race.
The Energy Minister said that APK is ready to accommodate Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka, Internal Security Minister George Saitoti and Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta and was still going strong.
“The Alliance Party of Kenya is now a body corporate with perpetual succession and common seal, capable of acquiring and disposing property, capable of suing and being sued and capable of performing all such things as it is permitted by law,” he stated.
“This meeting is in one way or another a declaration of independence. The APK is an autonomous, free and independent party.”
He stated that none of the presidential candidates had disowned their binding decree in fronting one presidential candidate in next year’s polls.
“Although the leaders who signed the protocol are today in their respective parties or others have moved to other parties like honorable Uhuru Kenyatta, all the leaders are committed to the principals that they signed in this Alliance and that is why all of them have today sent their messages of good will and support for this meeting,” he said.
He further pointed out that the party will go through a democratic process in choosing its presidential candidate.
He said the torchbearer will be accepted only if chosen by the party and it’s supporters.
“I know you have been asked the questions that I am being asked every day. Who is the driver of this bus? I would want to correct the notion that it is Kiraitu’s. I want to tell you that the bus is not mine. It is yours as the party,” he said.
He stated that these include Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta, Internal Security Minister George Saitoti or Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka.
“The bus is mine, yours and all of us. The driver of the bus can be Honorable Uhuru Kenyatta or Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka or even George Saitoti.”
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.
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.
Muthama said what was important is for the party to agree and elect the most popular candidate to lead the party during the elections.