NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 13 – A section of leaders from Ukambani on Wednesday disassociated themselves from the Coalition for Reform and Democracy’s (CORD) petition that’s due in court, and instead announced they are in talks with the Jubilee Alliance for a possible post-election deal.
Led by former Members of Parliament Philip Kaloki, Kiema Kilonzo and Mutua Katuku, the group of more than 300 politicians mainly comprising election losers from the Wiper Democratic Movement – which is a part of CORD coalition – said Kenya needs to focus on other issues after the General Election.
They stated that this was the time for the nation to rally together behind President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta for nation building and want to see him assume office and move the country forward from where President Mwai Kibaki has left.
“At this point the country needs political and economic stability to attract both local and international investments for future development and empowerment,” Kaloki said.
Addressing a press conference at a Nairobi hotel, the leaders announced that they firmly backed Kenyatta and were ready to work with him.
“We would like to congratulate the president-elect and the Jubilee team for a well deserved victory. We would like to assure him of our total support as he embarks on the important task of nation building,” Kaloki told the news conference.
CORD Presidential Candidate Prime Minister Raila Odinga who came second to Kenyatta in the presidential election is to contest the outcome of the poll in the Supreme Court, alleging “massive vote tampering”.
Odinga has said that every instrument deployed by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) failed and that there was interference with the vote register following failure of the electronic voter identification kit.
The Kamba leaders made it clear that they witnessed the voting and tallying exercise by IEBC and were satisfied that the results reflected the will of Kenyans. They added that this had been confirmed by local and international observers accredited to the country.
The group however wished CORD well in its petition and denied they were speaking at the behest of Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka, who was Odinga’s running mate and who hails from Ukambani.
“This has nothing to do with him. He will be able to issue his own statement later but remember we are here in our individual capacities and this has nothing to do with position of Wiper as a political party. We have the party secretary and leader who can communicate the party position,” Kaloki stated.