, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 4 – Prime Minister Raila Odinga, Vice- President Kalonzo Musyoka, Trade Minister Moses Wetangula and leaders of other 14 parties have officially signed a pre-election coalition deal at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre.
The leaders said signing of the legally binding document dubbed Coalition for Reform and Democracy (CORD) marked a momentous occasion that is poised to change country’s political landscape.
The parties include; NARC led by Water Minister Charity Ngilu, Kenya Social Congress (Moses Adati), People’s Democratic Party (Omingo Magara), TIP (Kalembe Ndile), Mkenya Solidarity (Maina Njenga), KADU Asili (Gabriel Goda), Muungano (Martin ole Kamwaro), CCU party (Wavinya Ndeti) among others.
Odinga said that the deal was a partnership of the willing, not a marriage forced by circumstances and pledged to carry on the reform agenda to its logical conclusion.
”We are signing this pact so that we can institute an agenda of inclusion as part and parcel of our national political and economic culture”, the PM posed.
He said the move was driven by hope and faith that Kenya’s better days lie ahead.
”We have come together because we believe Kenya must march confidently and fearlessly into the future to reclaim its rightful place among the community of nations,” said the PM.
The premier noted that unity contract being entered today will end the culture of impunity and the law of the jungle which have taken the country to the brink and robbed it of its dignity and honour.
”We are in this to bring a permanent end to the culture of exclusion that has pervaded our politics and scoured our land”, he said.
Odinga said theirs will be to ensure that the country realizes the dream of the founding fathers of a prosperous Kenya.
”we want ensure our people access food, healthcare, infrastructure, education, housing and decent living standards as per the words of our national anthem,” he reiterated.
Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka said that the deal is aimed at making Kenya a model nation.
”Many country across the globe are looking at Kenya at this moment, we must demonstrate to them that we are equal to the task,” said Musyoka.
He said that the time for healing of the country had come noting that the contract was key to uniting Kenyans.
The VP called on politicians to put aside personal interests and put the country first.
Ford-K leader Wetangula said that the deal was still open for other parties keen on uniting Kenyans.
He called on Kenyans to register en mass as voters so as to be able to chart the destiny of the country through the coming polls.
The signing agreement was overseen by ministers James Orengo and Mutula Kilonzo.