NAIROBI, Kenya Nov 2 – New Ford Kenya presidential aspirant Eugene Wamalwa has denied claims that his party is about to sign a deal with Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta’s TNA as reported in a section of the media.
The reports claimed that Kenyatta’s camp had on Thursday indicated that TNA and New Ford-Kenya’s agreement was due to be signed “anytime before next week”.
He said; “we have been engaging very closely with TNA and other like-minded parties but we do not want people to put words into our mouths. We do not want anyone to jump the gun and we are not going to put the cart before the horse.”
“As we speak today there is no agreement that has been reached and there is no deal to be signed,” he added after a meeting at the party’s Lavington headquarters.
Wamalwa told reporters after chairing the party’s National Executive Committee that his name will be on March 2013 presidential ballot but said consultations was still ongoing.
“When one is courting a lady, you hope that she will agree that you marry her. We are still continuing with the courtships and we would not want the parents, the family or friends to interfere. They should be patient and wait to be told that she has agreed to be mine and live together forever,” he stated.
The Saboti MP said that he is not seeking to be the Speaker of the National Assembly and NFK will not merge with any party.
“We were very surprised to learn that I am candidate for the Speaker. I have always admired Kenneth Marende, I think he is the most able Speaker this country has ever known, but I have never admired his job because I know he does a very difficult job.”
Meanwhile, the New Ford Kenya NEC resolved to strip Soita Shitanda and Boni Khalwale of their posts as Party Leader and Director of Elections and said they will seek kick out the duo for promoting the ideologies of other parties.
New Ford Kenya Secretary General Col (Rtd) Benjamin Mwema said the party is planning to petition the Registrar of Political Parties on the matter.
Shitanda and Khalwale who founded the party in the run up to the 2007 general election have recently been supporting the candidature of Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi on a United Democratic Party.
Khalwale announced in June that he has surrendered the New Ford Kenya Party to Wamalwa. Khalwale said he is no longer interested in New Ford Kenya affairs and Wamalwa is free to rebrand the party and use it to vie for the presidency.
“I saw Wamalwa re-branding the party and giving it new colours and symbol. That is fine and he can go on,” he said.
During the re-branding attended by TNA leader Uhuru Kenyatta, the NFK top organ also voted to change the party’s symbol from a cup to a leopard.
Shitanda, who is also the Party Leader for New Ford Kenya, is yet to make a decision on the fate of the party. Wamalwa declared that he is now in the driving seat of the party.
The party is a breakaway wing of Ford Kenya and draws its support from parts of Western Kenya and Trans Nzoia regions.
Shitanda and Khalwale, who had initially backed Wamalwa’s presidential ambitions, but have lately opted to back Mudavadi, declaring that he is the best placed candidate from Western Province to win the presidency.