, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 4 – Presidential aspirants were on Tuesday making last-minute bids to tie down partners and beat Tuesday’s deadline for parties to deposit pre-election coalitions with the Registrar of Political Parties.
Kenya National Congress (KNC) party leader Peter Kenneth signed a pact with Party of Action’s (POA) Raphael Tuju, with Kenneth insisting the union was built on shared values that will provide Kenyans the best choice for the presidency.
“I made a promise to you that I would work together with like-minded politicians to tackle the problems facing our nation… problems that are very real, very present and that urgently require to be addressed. I have not forgotten that promise, neither will I break it,” Kenneth said.
He said Tuju had served the country with distinction by consistently delivering tangible change to those who have mandated him to work for them.
Kenneth said he would work with the former Rarieda MP and Cabinet Minister to ensure that on March 4, Kenya receives the kind of leadership it deserves.
Article 13 of the Political Parties Act states that, ‘where two or more political parties resolve to form a coalition before or after an election, the instruments of the coalition agreement shall be deposited with the registrar for the purposes of arbitration between the coalition parties.’
Tuju, a former minister and advisor to President Mwai Kibaki, launched his presidential bid in February. Kenneth formally launched his bid on a Kenya National Congress ticket last month.
As with other political parties, the two leaders are in the race for the crucial youth vote given the 2010 census showed that 75 percent of the Kenyan population is under 30 years of age.
“The real problems that we need to be sorting out are the problems of youth unemployment, security, which is connected to youth unemployment, poverty which is also connected to youth unemployment. Those are the issues that bring us together.”
To their supporters, the Kenneth-Tuju pair bring freshness in Kenyan politics, non-tribal and issue oriented politics.
Kenneth, who has won accolades for good management of the Constituency Development Fund in Gatanga, has hit the ground running since officially launching his presidential bid on November 4.
Meanwhile, three other aspirants led by Constitutional Affairs Minister Eugene Wamalwa announced the formation of the Restoration of Fairness Movement (REFA) on Tuesday afternoon.
The parties which include New Ford Kenya led by Eugene Wamalwa, New Vision Party’s Nicholas Biwott and Cyrus Jirongo of the Federal Party of Kenya said they have come together because Kenya needs restoration of fairness and creativity in economic ideas adding that the Constitution does not stop conflict.
New Ford Kenya presidential nominee Wamalwa repeated his stand that he will not give up on his ambition to be the Head of State when the country goes to the polls on March 4.
“I will not seek to be anyone’s running mate but I want to say we will be putting forward a ‘third option’ to Kenyans,” said the Saboti MP.
He also called for a peaceful and sober election.
NVP leader Biwott said they group is yet to agree on the modalities of picking their preferred presidential candidate.
He urged Kenyans to vet the people who have presented themselves for various elective posts saying that Kenyans should elect leaders who will develop the country not individuals.
Jirongo said the group will compete using ideas and viable solutions and not empty political rhetoric as has been done by their competitors.