Kalonzo still keen on pre-poll coalition

November 3, 2012 8:44 am


The VP said his party is interested in coming up with an outfit that would win the elections in the first round.
KYUSO, Kenya, Nov 3 – Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka has said his Wiper Democratic Movement (WDM) party will continue to talk to like-minded parties with a view to coming up with a formidable political union that can win next year’s presidential elections.

The VP said his party is interested in coming up with an outfit that would win the elections in the first round.

“We are ready to talk to anybody… in fact yesterday, I held such talks with Uhuru Kenyatta, and would continue to do so with other like-minded leaders” he said.

The Vice President maintained that he was firmly in the presidential race, pointing out that he is in the process of intensifying his nation-wide campaigns for the position.

“I want to cover all parts of the country, and very soon I would be taking my campaigns to Nyanza, particularly to Kisumu, Siaya ,… the whole region” he said.

The Vice President was speaking during a public rally at Kyuso Township in his Mwingi North Constituency after he officially opened the Kyuso District WDM party office.

Earlier, Musyoka who was accompanied by area DC John Maina, Acting Public Works PS Gedion Mulyungi and Mwingi County Council Chairman Musyoka Nzili addressed a local leaders’ meeting attended by Civil Servants, politicians, businessmen, and religious leaders.

The Vice President asked those eyeing various elective positions in the constituency to uphold peace and harmony during their campaigns and avoid trading insults or dividing the electorate as they pursue their interests.

He reiterated that the WDM will not favour any candidate during nominations assuring that the party will conduct a fair and transparent exercise, and work with those chosen by the members.

Musyoka announced talks were at an advanced stage for Moi University to open a campus in Kyuso district and asked the local leaders and residents to support the move which he noted would create opportunities for them.

He urged the National Registration department to speed up the issuance of Identification Cards to those who do not have them so that they can exercise their democratic right of participating in the forthcoming General Election.

“Those of you who have attained the mandatory age and don’t have this document should also apply for it so that you are not disenfranchised during the elections” he advised.

On the issue of Chiefs, Musyoka assured them that they won’t be sacked once the County governments are formed saying their jobs were secure.

He said chiefs were crucial for grassroots peace, security and development where they also act as change agents.

“It is unfair for anyone to think of sacking chiefs. As every other Kenyan chiefs have their rights under the law.”


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