Mules crowding a 2-horse race – Raila

September 19, 2012 10:31 am
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He dismissed the emerging political outfits as non-starters whose impact in the next elections was likely to be inconsequential/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, Sept 19 – Prime Minister Raila Odinga says that it is now clear that the forthcoming polls will be a two-horse race following results of the recently concluded by-elections.

He dismissed the emerging political outfits as non-starters whose impact in the next elections was likely to be inconsequential.

“It is now clear that the coming polls will be a two- horse race – all else will be mules that cannot keep up with the pace” the PM said.

He said this on Wednesday during the launch of a new Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) National Elections Board.

The party leader reiterated that ODM was the only party with the will to make the Kenya dream a reality.

Odinga called on Kenyans to elect the right leaders who have demonstrated the determination to safeguard the gains brought by the new Constitution.

He pointed out that he was committed to the full implementation of the Constitution for the benefit of all Kenyans.

On the election date, the PM was categorical that the forthcoming general elections will be held on the March 4 next year.

He said that this was a settled affair adding that nobody should confuse Kenyans on the subject.

“There should be no confusion on this issue. The IEBC has said as much so let nobody come up with contrary information to confuse Kenyans,” he said.

ODM chairman Henry Kosgey insisted that the party was going to win with a landslide in the coming polls.

“It is emerging that ODM is the party that will win the coming general elections and form the next Government,” Kosgey remarked.

“There should be no confusion on this issue. The IEBC has said as much so let nobody come up with contrary information to confuse Kenyans,” he said.

Kosgey asked the party’s NEB to ensure the nominations of those seeking the party’s ticket are carried out in a free, fair and democratic way.

The Party’s chairman stated that there will be no direct nominations of party flag bearers.

“Because of ODMs popularity countrywide, the party will not carry out direct nominations, but will allow competition so that its flag bearers are elected in a free, fair, transparent and democratic way,” he said.

ODMs new National Elections Board chairman Col (Rtd) Henry Muthee Kathurima promised to carry out his new mandate with dignity so as to popularise the party countrywide.

He said that his board will endeavour to carry out proper nominations that will satisfy all members.

Board members who addressed the meeting included deputy chairman Beatrice Sabana, Judith Pareno, Professor Chacha Nyaigoti Chacha, Ibrahim Rashid Ahmed, James Ogundo, James Misoi and councillor Helen Gatangi.

Present were cabinet Ministers Anyang Nyong’o who is also ODM Secretary General, James Orengo and Franklin Bett.

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