NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 18 – Amani Coalition leader Musalia Mudavadi has explained that he has not signed any deal yet with President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee alliance.
Mudavadi told an Amani Coalition parliamentary group meeting that although talks were underway with the president-elect, no concrete deal had been penned.
“We are not hiding anything as Amani…. we have not entered into any agreement. If we get to the stage where we execute any document, we shall make it public so that the Kenyan people know the nature of the agreement that we may have entered into,” Mudavadi stated.
On Saturday it was reported that Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto had signed post-election agreements with leaders from different parties including Mudavadi’s United Democratic Forum, which is part of the Amani Coalition, and Kiraitu Murungi’s Alliance Party of Kenya (APK).
On Sunday, UDF Secretary-General Dan Ameyo however denied the party had entered into any deal with the with the Jubilee coalition.
Addressing g a press conference after the parliamentary group meeting, Mudavadi also revealed that he may as well hold talks Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) which is challenging Kenyatta’s victory at the Supreme Court.
He however said any talks will be on a structured basis respecting at all times the Amani Coalition. It will be based on Amani policies and would be for the benefit of all Kenyans.
“We cannot stop talking as we await the Supreme Court ruling. We have had some discussion with the Jubilee side but that does not stop us from having discussion with the CORD side. So we will continue to talk,” Mudavadi said.
The outgoing deputy premier emerged a distant third in the just concluded General Election, with Odinga ranked second after Kenyatta, who was declared winner by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission.
Both Jubilee and CORD would be happy to have Mudavadi on their side to bolster their numerical strength in Parliament. The Amani Coalition has 21 parliamentary seats.
Jubilee also wants Mudavadi on board to give the government a national outlook. To ensure this, sources say Mudavadi is being considered for a Cabinet Secretary’s position.
The Amani Coalition is to hold a retreat over the weekend to come up with a clear way on how to negotiate with the two parties.